WCMA Building Carbon and Capacity Project Update

BCG with support from the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program are moving into the second year of the WCMA ‘Building Carbon and Capacity’ Project researching the relationship between soil amelioration techniques and soil carbon. By solving soil constraints through soil amelioration BCG hopes to be able to […]

Sowing update – May 2020

Before the rain event on Anzac Day, BCG started sowing the bulk of our 2020 trial program, completing approximately 13% of our trials prior to the downpour. We had also completed the first time of sowing (TOS) for four other trials with further sowing times required. These trials were sown across a number of locations, including Hopetoun, Ultima, Curyo, Whirily, Lubeck and Rupanyup. Included in this […]

Managing Standing Crops for Grazing

Have you considered using a standing crop to fill the late spring and summer feed gaps? Feeding sheep can be time consuming and often requires extra resources and double handling of feed – especially when you could be taking a break. A ‘Standing Crop’ refers to a cereal crop that has been sown and grown […]

Farmer in Focus – Spencer Allan

This month BCG caught up with Wycheproof-Narraport Farmer, Spencer Allan. Luckily, the recent rains which have swept through the region meant that Spenno had some time on his hands during the busy sowing period to chat to us about the farm, family and football. Can you give us a bit of background on yourself and […]

An Introduction to The Managing Brome in Canola Trial

What options will we have to manage brome once it becomes resistant to Group B herbicides?  The answer to this question being investigated by the Managing Brome in Canola Trial managed by Dr Gurjeet Gill, from the University of Adelaide, and funded by GRDC. The trial is investigating the use of combinations of management practices […]

BCG Main Site Trials for 2020

With sowing for the 2020 season well underway and the 2020 Main Site announced in February, we can now give you a run-down of some of the trials which will be at the 2020 Main Site at Curyo as well as trials which will be at the Wimmera Main Site at Rupanyup.  Starting with the Mallee, once again BCG are sowing wheat, barley, canola, lentils, chickpea, field pea and vetch at our Main Site at Curyo, these trials […]

2020 Extension Update

As you are aware, a lot has changed in the world in the past three months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has, and will continue to impact how we can gather and interact, as well as how information is extended from BCG to growers. As a result, for the next 3 months, we are planning for all extension activities […]

A WORD FROM THE CEO: Picking a Winner

Picking a winner is hard. Our BCG staff social punters’ club is evidence of that. (Full disclosure of personal monies spent available from James (Waterhouse) Murray.)   Since returning to BCG, I have enjoyed re-connecting with farmers across the region, discussing with them their businesses, challenges and successes. What has become evident is that in […]

A WORD FROM THE CHAIR: Business Not as Usual

It seems our lives are on pause coping with COVID-19, however, in the agricultural space, we are endeavouring, with the modification of on farm operations, to continue to produce food for Australia and the world. The workload on farm recently has been as normal as possible, with the grading of lambs and dispatching to the […]

Farmer in Focus – Bailey Petering

Can you give us a bit of background on yourself and your farm?  I was raised here on the family farm, Wilgara Park in Coromby near Murtoa. After finishing school I went up north for a year working on a cattle station near Oodnadatta, which was a great experience. I learned some good practical skills that I’ve been able to use here. One of the guys had some welding experience […]