“Mind the gap”: the message from Nick Poole at BCG’s Main Field Day

“Mind the gap” was FAR Australia’s Nick Poole’s message to attendees at BCG’s Main Field day on Wednesday the 14th of September at Nullawil. The early onset of stripe rust and other fungal diseases as well as conducive wet conditions, has challenged farmer decision making. The internationally recognised disease expert drew a large crowd eager […]

BCG HARTStrings tour places filling fast

BCG has places available for its HARTStrings tour, a bus trip to the HART Field Day in South Australia from the 19th – 21st of September. Aptly named, the HARTStrings Tour will take BCG back to where, 30 years ago, the idea for the HART Field Day inspired a group of enthusiastic farmers to start […]

Ben McEvoy, Nick Poole and Muster Dogs at BCG’s Main Field Day

Hawthorn great Ben McEvoy, crop disease expert Nick Poole and Peter Barr from Muster Dogs have been secured to present at  BCG’s Main Field Day on Wednesday the 14th of September at Nullawil (on the corner of the Calder Highway and Burgins Road). Ben McEvoy, widely respected recently retired Hawthorn Football Club Captain and farmer, […]

CEO Fiona Best Rituals

2022 is a celebration year for BCG  

It is thirty years since a group of young enthusiastic local Birchip and district farmers organised a bus trip to South Australia to look at farms and related activities outside of their ‘patch’ – from which the concept of BCG was hatched. On September 14 we will come together at the BCG Main Field Day […]

Farmer in Focus: Josh Pellegrino

BCG recently caught up with Wycheproof farmer Josh Pellegrino: Can you give us a bit of background on yourself and your farm? I grew up on the family farm just north of Wycheproof. Mum and Dad, Donna and Dom, live on the farm and myself, my partner Averyll and our two kids live in town. […]

Realising benefits from sheep eIDs

In the second year of data collection for the MLA funded ‘Realising benefits from sheep eIDs’ producer demonstration project, some results are starting to show across the range of farms participating. Round one projects (2020 intake) results from two years of data collection are now being consolidated, with the round two projects (2021 intake) in […]

Meet the Team: Samantha Kemp

BCG is pleased to welcome Samantha Kemp to the team as Program Coordinator Extension and Engagement Where are you from? How long have you been in the area? Previous roles, expertise? I grew up on a family farm at Quambatook. My parents Ian and Michelle Baker and younger brother Jack Baker run the family farm […]

Meet the Team: Hayden Collins

BCG is pleased to welcome Hayden Collins to the team in a business and administrative support role. Where are you from? How long have you been in the area? Previous roles, expertise? I’m a typical Mallee boy through and through, I have resided in Birchip my entire life.  My previous employ saw me working for […]

GRDC Harvester Forums

To support growers to reduce harvest losses and improve operations at harvest, BCG are hosting a series of free harvester forums in 2022. These Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) funded forums will be delivered across SW Victoria, SE SA, , and Tasmania. The half day forums, facilitated by state-based farming systems groups, will bring […]

Anika Molesworth speaks at Climate Workshop

Dr Anika Molesworth, Young Farmer of the Year and a Founding Director of the Farmers for Climate Action spoke recently at BCG’s Climate Change student workshop at Birchip P – 12 College. Both students and Dr Anika enjoyed the workshop which was funded through the BCG managed North West Broadacre node of the Victorian Drought […]

Soil amelioration hot topic at Mitiamo

Farmers and advisers attended BCG’s Mitiamo Crop Walk recently. The event focussed on fodder and pulses, with BCG’s soil amelioration pulse performance trials at the site generating much interest. BCG’s Senior Research Manager James Murray said: “Farmers are always interested in how they can improve their soil so we knew our work trialling pulse performance […]

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