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Technical Bulletin – 19 September 2018

Warm spring days in the past fortnight have not been kind to the crops (not to mention Saturday’s wind!). Many paddocks are being cut for hay. In the Mallee, frost and wind on the weekend have further reduced any potential that was there. In the Wimmera, crops in general are hanging on in comparison to […]
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BCG Special Technical Bulletin – Yield assessments of hay versus grain

This Special Technical Bulletin has been compiled to provide members with additional information to aid in the decision-making process. Current climatic models are predicting a drier than average spring (decile 1-3). Crops in the Mallee in particular, have limited subsoil moisture and have received below average growing season rainfall. If sufficient biomass exists, cutting a […]
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Technical Bulletin – 5 September 2018

Last week’s promising rainfall forecast resulted in mixed results throughout the district. Parts of the Wimmera were fortunate enough to receive 10-20mm of rain which has kept crops ticking along. Throughout the Mallee the totals were disappointing, with the need for some rain becoming desperate in parts. The forecast warm conditions this week into early […]
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Technical Bulletin – 22 August 2018

An eventual break in the windy conditions in the past fortnight has allowed many growers to get back into the spraying program. In the Mallee, a number of tree lines and headlands are starting to show signs of moisture stress, which is not a good sign for the remainder of paddocks in the coming weeks. […]
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Technical Bulletin – 8 August 2018

Windy conditions continue to persist, making spray operations difficult. Crops in the northern Mallee are now well into the stem elongation phase, therefore most in-paddock tasks have now been completed. In the southern Mallee and Wimmera, urea has been spread prior to the recent rainfall. Yield potentials are quite variable across regions and within regions […]
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Technical Bulletin – 25 July 2018

The Mallee is starting to show signs of struggling crops because of wind, frost and dry conditions over the past fortnight. The benefits of standing stubble have also shown up against the recent severe weather. The wind, frosts and skiffy showers are restricting spray opportunities. Rainfall of 2-5mm received this week has improved grower’s optimism. […]
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Technical Bulletin – 11 July 2018

It has been a relatively tough week on crops with frosts, strong wind and day temperatures above 18oC. Crops on better and/or lighter soil types are withstanding these conditions than those on poorer soils. Some growers took the opportunity to spread urea on canola, oaten hay and early cereals prior to the last rain. The […]
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Technical Bulletin – 13 June 2018

The Mallee and Wimmera experienced three frosts last week. Crop growth has slowed, and many weeds are needing control across the region. There are isolated patches where mice are persisting and in other regions activity is minimal. Table 1. Rainfall and deciles across the Wimmera and Mallee (number in brackets denotes decile). DURATION (MM) OUYEN […]
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Technical Bulletin – 13 June 2018

Recent rainfall has seen the Mallee receive 10-25mm and 15-20 in the Wimmera. This has boosted confidence and renewed a sense of enthusiasm. Crops are slowly emerging across the region, insects are appearing but mostly only in isolated cases. Mice activity does appear to have slowed down dramatically however, they appear to be persisting at […]
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Technical Bulletin – 30 May 2018

Falls of up to 15mm in the Mallee, 7mm in the Wimmera and 15mm in the West Wimmera have been very welcome. Sowing in the northern Mallee has wrapped up and the southern Mallee will conclude soon. Growers in the Wimmera are approximately 75 percent through their program and there are reports of slug activity […]
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Technical Bulletin – 16 May 2018

Sowing is approximately 75% of the way through in the Mallee and some growers are nearing completion. Growers have been surprised at how many paddocks have germinated on such little rainfall and seedbed moisture, albeit only parts of the paddock. In the Wimmera, growers are roughly 50% of the way through the program. Recent rain […]
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