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Increasing Farmer Wifi and Mobile Phone Coverage Project

Many growers and rural businesses continue to experience issues with mobile and internet connectivity that would be considered substandard and unacceptable in larger regional or metropolitan centres.   As well as causing frustration among growers and employees, connectivity issues can have a significant economic impact. A 2017 paper published by BCG estimates that, for farm businesses across the Wimmera […]

Southern Pulse Extension Case Study  – Pyramid Hill Group, Ash Moon

SNAPSHOTOWNERS: Ash and Emma MoonLOCATION: Pyramid Hill, VictoriaFARM SIZE: 1700 hectaresANNUAL AVERAGE RAINFALL: 380mmSOIL TYPES: Tragowel clay, Macorna clay and Yarrawalla loamENTERPRISE MIX: Broadacre irrigated (50%) and dryland cropping (50%); flock of 300 Merino ewes producing first-cross lambsCROP PROGRAM (2019): Cereals 50% (Scout wheat, Spartacus barley), legumes 25% (PBA Hallmark XT (PBR) lentils, PBA Samira […]

Farmer in Focus – Coleman Schache

This month BCG caught up with Hopetoun Farmer and local Football Coach, Coleman Schache. After a day in the paddock picking up some pretty sizable rocks unearthed deep ripping in the summer, Coleman managed to find some time in his busy schedule to have a chat about his farm, his community and his plans for the […]

A Word From The Chair

I would like to congratulate the BCG staff on their completion of the full 2020 cropping trials program in the current Covid-19 environment.   BCG look forward to presenting in season trials and results through numerous communication methods to our members, the agricultural community, sponsors and collaborators later in the year.  I made comment during the 2020 sowing program that […]

Watch-out for wireworm

Wimmera-Mallee growers advised to be aware of Wireworm activity.  BCG Staff recently spoke to growers in the Wimmera about the discovery of Wireworm in a Canola crop, resulting in approximately 120 hectares of Canola being re-sown on one property near Murtoa. Damage to Canola was also reported at a property at Natimuk.  “Two paddocks were really belted around” explained one grower “we […]

New Mallee trial investigates the relationship between Nitrogen and Soil Carbon

A new research project, being undertaken by Birchip Cropping Group (BCG), is investigating ways to improve crop biomass production and yield on the poor performing sandy soils common across the Mallee. The project, supported by the Mallee CMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare program, is investigating the relationship between increased biomass production […]

Post-Sowing Review: How are your Plant Numbers Stacking Up?

Whether it happened at 1am with a coffee to keep you going or 1pm while listening to a podcast, much of the seed for this season is in the ground and working its way to the surface if it hasn’t already made it up.    Paddock establishment surveys as part of a GRDC funded project – optimising plant establishment, undertaken by […]

2020 BCG Industry Crop Walk

BCG have locked in a date for the Annual BCG Industry Crop Walk. A free interactive agronomy focused event hosted by BCG designed to provide Agronomists with new product knowledge The event is aimed at Wimmera-Mallee agronomists with a focus on relevant commercial and member funded trials. Agronomy groups are able to view ‘in-paddock’ treatment […]

Farmer in Focus – Spencer Allan

This month BCG caught up with Wycheproof-Narraport Farmer, Spencer Allan. Luckily, the recent rains which have swept through the region meant that Spenno had some time on his hands during the busy sowing period to chat to us about the farm, family and football. Can you give us a bit of background on yourself and […]

An Introduction to The Managing Brome in Canola Trial

What options will we have to manage brome once it becomes resistant to Group B herbicides?  The answer to this question being investigated by the Managing Brome in Canola Trial managed by Dr Gurjeet Gill, from the University of Adelaide, and funded by GRDC. The trial is investigating the use of combinations of management practices […]

BCG Main Site Trials for 2020

With sowing for the 2020 season well underway and the 2020 Main Site announced in February, we can now give you a run-down of some of the trials which will be at the 2020 Main Site at Curyo as well as trials which will be at the Wimmera Main Site at Rupanyup.  Starting with the Mallee, once again BCG are sowing wheat, barley, canola, lentils, chickpea, field pea and vetch at our Main Site at Curyo, these trials […]

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