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Building drought resilience through planning

BCG Chairman and Birchip farmer John Ferrier is encouraging local farmers to actively plan for drought by providing feedback to the Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, funded by the federal government’s Department of Agriculture Water and Environment’s 5 billion Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund initiative. The Hub is actively seeking this vital information […]

BCG’s Brooke Bennett receives funding for wheat research

BCG’s Researcher Brooke Bennett has received funding from the Yitpi Foundation to investigate the suitability of new, long coleoptile wheat varieties in farming systems in southern Australia. Ms Bennett said she hopes the work will give farmers knowledge on how to best implement these new varieties into their farming system. “The findings of this work may mean […]

Deep ripping and manuring in the Wimmera show promise

Soil amelioration trials conducted at Lubeck and Netherby in the Wimmera are showing applying nutrients as either duck manure or fertiliser plus deep ripping increased wheat yields in the season following application. BCG, with funding through the National Landcare Program and support from the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, will soon commence the third year of […]

Meet the team: Tariq Gerardi

BCG are pleased to introduce its newest staff member, Tariq (Rick) Gerardi. Tariq is an Agricultural Science graduate from LaTrobe University who is joining BCG as a Research Agronomist. What is your role at BCG and what will you be doing?I’ve been employed as a Research Agronomist and I’ll be supporting the BCG trials program. […]

New Products on the Forecast Horizon

Exciting times lie ahead for farmers using forecast information to make on farm decisions with new products under development soon to become operational by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). As a part ForeWarned is ForeArmed (FWFA), a five year (2017-2022) nationwide project, BoM researchers are working closely with farmers and other industry representatives to deliver […]

The economics of blackleg control

Australia’s oilseed expert, Dr Steve Macroft, will discuss the economics of managing blackleg at BCG’s Trials Review Day on Friday 19th of February at the Birchip Leisure Centre. Research into blackleg control has shown new fungicide actives and timing recommendations have produced large yield responses. However, these are variable ranging from nil to 20% yield […]

New pre-emergent chemistry at BCG Trials Review Day

Dr Chris Preston, Weed Management Professor at The University of Adelaide, will discuss how growers can best fit new pre-emergent chemistries into their farming system and how to manage them for longevity at BCG’s Trials Review Day on Friday 19th of February at the Birchip Leisure Centre. New pre-emergent grass herbicides Devrinol-C (Group K), Luximax […]

Changing the farming paradigm

Newly appointed BCG Board Member, renowned chef and restaurateur Stefano de Pieri, hopes to change the farming paradigm of the Wimmera Mallee and that’s just the beginning. “There is a disconnect about what is being produced and how it is being consumed. We are very good at producing and then rely on others to move […]

Summer sheep management

As harvest ends, summer fallow management will become the priority to conserve soil moisture, soil nitrogen and minimise the risk of increased disease and insect pressure associated with a green bridge in the following season.Grazing before summer sprayingDepending on the rain, and what weeds germinate and grow, you might first get some grazing value from the weeds.MLA supported research conducted by Southern Farming Systems […]

Meet the Team – Ashlee Tierney, Mel Hawthorne & Ruby Cook

During the busy harvest period, our purpose build laboratory comes to life. Each year our resources are bolstered with a team of harvest casuals to help process the grain samples that are taken from our trial plots to ensure BCG researchers are able to focus on data analysis, assessment and result interpretation.  The work is […]

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