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Make better decisions with Yield Prophet

Yield Prophet is an agricultural decision-support tool that can help you achieve more from your land and limited resources (like rainfall). Yield Prophet bridges state- of-art agricultural and climate science with practical on-the-ground decision making by providing a user-friendly interface to The Agricultural Production Systems siMulator (APSIM). APSIM is a highly agricultural model developed and […]

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the GRDC Research Updates

BCG Staff Member Kelly Angel recently travelled to Bendigo to host a panel discussion alongside industry experts Greg Toomey (Nutrien Ag Solutions) and Craig Drum (Dagro) as part of the ongoing ‘Sustainable use of insecticides in the southern region’ project being undertaken by BCG in collaboration with the GRDC.  The aim of the project is to provide […]

“Protein, Protein, Protein…. and a Nutrient Rich Diet!”

On Thursday, 12 March, BCG hosted the final event of the ‘Using standing crops to finish lambs and improve summer groundcover and soil health’ project at the Warracknabeal Anzac Park Community Centre. The eighteen-month project funded by the Australian Government National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants, was developed by BCG and delivered in partnership with […]

Meet the Team – Tom Draffen

What is your role at BCG and what will you be doing?  My role at BCG is Senior Manager of Extension and Communication. Within BCG I will be overseeing and (hopefully) enhancing the communication and extension program. The research work that BCG undertakes has relevance to the greater farming community and I will be helping […]

Is it soilborne disease?

Planting cereals early into warm, moist soil can enable crops to establish well, but from mid-winter to spring the growth of crops that initially appear healthy may look uneven, prompting questions about the cause. Dr Alan McKay, principal scientist in soil biology and molecular diagnostics at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the […]

A WORD FROM THE CEO: Produce versus Preserve

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the EvokeAg conference in Melbourne, at which the focus was largely on the Agrifood tech space. However, three sub-themes were central to various presentations: food, farm and future. Many of the conversations revolved around the fact that our farming community will be required to produce more and more […]

Work experience at BCG

BCG regularly hosts local, interstate and international students interested in agricultural research ranging from work experience secondary school students to graduate and post graduate university students. In the week leading up to Trials Review Day, one of BCG’s two annual flagship events, BCG hosted three students. It was definitely a busy week at BCG that […]

Farmer in Focus – Billy Sexton

Can you give us a bit of background on your farm? It’s just me and my Dad, Peter, and Mum. We’ve got about 3,200 acres that we own and then 800 acres that we share farm, so all up that we run about 4,000 acres. We try and do a little bit of everything. We […]

BCG’s Trials Review Day delivered research to inform 2020 sowing program

The highly regarded BCG Trials Review Day was held on Friday February 14 at the Birchip Leisure Centre. More than 160 farmers and advisors from across the Wimmera Mallee attended the timely event which extended the latest research, technology and decision-making tools to help attendees make informed decisions leading into this year’s sowing program. Attendees […]

Where is the 2020 BCG Main Research Site?

BCG is excited to announce that the 2020 main research site will be located at Curyo on Trevor Grogan’s property (approximately 35 km west of Birchip on the Wilkur-Watchupga road).  This is not the first time Mr Grogan has hosted BCG research on his property. A long term and  significant contributor to BCG, Mr Grogan hosted trials […]

Wimmera wheat grower’s risk 20 per cent yield loss in wet years

The fact that Wimmera wheat growers risk 20 per cent yield loss in wet years from Septoria tritici blotch (STB) will be a point of discussion at the BCG Members Only Trials Review Day 14 February. STB, a stubble borne disease found in wheat, is becoming more prevalent in medium rainfall zones, including the Wimmera. […]

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