Increased research capacity at BCG

BCG’s research program is the result of years of planning and harvest represents the final step in a year of monitoring, inputs and assessments.  

“Trials are sown in a range of sowing conditions including various stubble loads, different weed pressures and varying soil nutrition status so it represents the real-world farming systems that are employed in the region” BCG’s Senior Research Manager James Murray said. 

The 2020 BCG cropping program extends across 39 trial sites in the Mallee, Wimmera and North Central regions with the Main Research Site situated at Trevor Grogan’s property at Curyo.  

“In recent years, BCG has built their capacity to deliver more results for growers and the commercial industry” Mr Murray added.  

This amounts to a significant trials operation including 12 research staff members, two trucks, two cone seeders, a soil sampling corer and three plot harvesters that this year will take grain off 140 trials, or more than 10 000 individual plots.  

Four full time staff working in a state-of-the-art laboratory over summer ensures results are analysed as efficiently as possible and with dedicated programs to respond to industry requirements, member’s issues or to service Commercial operators, BCG has the capacity to provide independent, replicated and relevant results that are ready to be applied on farm. 

To discuss Commercial Trials with BCG contact Kate Finger, Project Officer on  0448 823 353. For all other trial enquiries contact James Murray, Senior Research Manager, on 0427 566 449.  

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