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 […]

Take a hat trick in 2021

Growers in the Wimmera and Southern Mallee are calling stumps at the end of a second consecutive above average season when it comes to grain yield and biomass production. If growers are looking to make it a hat-trick – getting the basics right at the start of the season will ensure they have the best […]

How do you measure your harvest loss?

This was a question that BCG wanted growers across Australia to be thinking about this harvest.  Through a GRDC Twitter and Facebook campaign developed by BCG as part of the GRDC Harvester Set-Up Project – growers nationally were encouraged to discuss/think about what method they were using to measure harvest loss but also make checking harvest losses at least twice daily and when conditions changed as clockwork as morning and afternoon tea.   Why? It is estimated that harvest […]

La Nina: What does it mean?

On Tuesday, 29 September 2020, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) announced that a La Niña event is now underway.So, what defines a La Niña?A La Niña is the positive phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) which is one of several climate drivers that influences Australia’s climate. In addition to positive, the ENSO can […]

The Goldacres G6 Series 2

The Goldacres G6 Series 2 is the latest edition to the Goldacres range of Australian built sprayers – Faster, Smarter, Stronger – setting new standards in the Australian sprayer market. With feedback from owners and operators, combined with advances in engineering Goldacres have created the next generation G6 Crop Cruiser, the series 2.Central to the […]

Understanding Crop Potential and Calculating Nitrogen to Improve Crop Biomass Workshop Recording

BCG would like to acknowledge LaTrobe University and Dr James Hunt – as well as Harm Van Rees and Kate Maddern for their time and expertise in presenting this workshop. This project is supported by Mallee Catchment Authority through funding from the Australian Government National Landcare Program. The spreadsheet used in this webinar can be […]

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 […]

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