Summer soil sampling in 2021

The benefits of soil sampling include:  establishing the current nutrient status of your soil to provide the basis for future strategies  indicate the ameliorants required to correct a soil’s possible physical and chemical property imbalances  identify factors that may be limiting crop and pasture production  improved farm profitability through efficient soil fertility management  assists in the […]

BCG Trials Review Day goes digital

BCG members can expect some exciting new features at Trials Review Day in 2021 on Friday 19 February at the Birchip Leisure Centre. Plans are still underway for a face-to-face event however the day will also be livestreamed for the first time ever so no one misses out. “We’re continuously hearing from our members and […]

Southern Mallee Oaten Hay Trial Yields

The BCG team have been busy taking dry matter assessments to coincide with widespread hay cutting occurring across the Wimmera and Mallee. With the help of a drying oven or two, we have been able to ‘bale up’ the preliminary yield results for you. A trial was established at Curyo in the Southern Mallee with […]

FWFA Project Summary

What’s the chance of next week or next month being extremely wet (decile 9 & 10)? What’s the chance of having a hot (decile 9 & 10) week in three or four weeks’ time or a very hot month, next month, or the month after? What’s the chance of having a very dry (decile 1 […]

BCG Main Field Day Recordings

BCG Main Field Day was held on Wednesday 11 September at Andrew and Lachlan Barber’s farm 9km west of Birchip. Recordings are from sessions throughout the day, with some recordings recorded in blocks, the links below direct you to point in recording for identified session.  Setting The Scene – 9.00am – 9.30am Audio | Video […]

New medics for Mallee farming

TAKE HOME MESSAGES Six new strand medics have been shortlisted as having improved dry matter production and seed yield over Herald, Angel and Jaguar. They also have powdery mildew resistance, sulfonylurea herbicide tolerance and larger seeds. Powdery mildew resistant strand medics exhibited lower levels of the phytoestrogen coumestrol (which can effect ovulation in sheep) in […]

Sheep and No-Till: No Worries!

A livestock enterprise, particularly one with sheep, in conjunction with a wheat-based cropping enterprise has long formed the basis of mixed farming systems throughout south-eastern Australia. This enterprise mix is symbiotic: sheep are able to consume and give value to otherwise wasted by-products from cropping (crop residues, weather damaged and spilt grain, early vegetative crop […]

Sakura Tolerance in Barley

Sakura® (registered product of Bayer) has been recently made available to grain growers as an alternative to traditional pre-emergent herbicides. The formulation contains new chemistry (group K) and has a longer residual than traditional pre-emergent herbicides which allows it to have a greater effect on later germinating weeds. Currently, Sakura is registered for use on […]

Which vetch in my Farming System?

Vetch has great versatility on the farm as it can be used as grain, hay, silage, early pasture or as a green manure. A decision about the end-use of a vetch crop can be made during the season based on the seasonal outlook. During numerous field days/meetings/expos and other events, the Australian National Vetch Breeding […]

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