Farmer in Focus: Will Koop

BCG recently chased down Ni Ni Well farmer, Will Koop: Can you give us a bit of background on yourself and your farm? Our family has been farming at Ni Ni Well, 25km north of Nhill, since the 1880s. I’m the sixth generation on the farm. I farm with my Dad Andrew, Mum Di and […]

O’Connors consolidate growth with acquisition of sixteenth dealership

O’CONNORS HAVE CONSOLIDATED THEIR VICTORIAN FOOTPRINT WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE COMPANY WILL ACQUIRE THE CASE IH DEALERSHIP IN ECHUCA. O’Connors, who currently own and operate 15 Case IH dealerships across Victoria, NSW and SA, are Case IH’s largest dealer in Australia and New Zealand were thrilled to announce the purchase of Echuca CIH on […]

Work in the BCG team 

Are you looking for an opportunity to work with a dedicated team of people committed to supporting Victorian farmers prepare for the challenges of the future? The Birchip Cropping Group Inc (BCG) needs more people to help deliver an expanding program of work. We offer An opportunity to work for a highly respected organisation A […]

BCG urging growers this harvest to think to 2023

With harvest for many growers in the Mallee underway despite challenging weather conditions, BCG is encouraging farmers to gather information for their 2023 sowing program while harvesting. “With such an unusual season for our region, there are some actions growers can be thinking about while on the header now that will help set up their […]

Overcoming disease pressure – Trials Review Day 24 Feb

Disease management will be a key focus of BCG’s Trials Review Day on Friday the 24th of February at the Birchip Leisure Centre. Stripe rust, chocolate spot and grey mould have caused heavy yield losses across large areas of the Wimmera, Mallee and North Central. Issues with disease have been two-fold. While the wet weather has […]

The dogs are off the leash! Climate with Kate

What happens when working dogs are let of the leash? Well in some instances not much. But sometimes, particularly when more than one is let off, they run absolutely wild. And this is exactly what the climate dogs have been doing in 2022! ENSO, Indy, Sam and Mojo have all been let off running amok […]

Over 550 at BCG’s Safely Recovering Machinery event

Over 550 farmers and industry attended BCG’s Safely Recovering Machinery Field Day at Warracknabeal on Friday. BCG Senior Manager of Extension and Communication Kelly Angel, who organised and facilitated the event said: “Having a good plan was imperative and remembering: the best way to get out of a bog is not to get bogged! Using […]

CEO Fiona Best Rituals

A word from the CEO

Those of us in the farming game are well aware that they have to be prepared for whatever the weather and climate throw our way. After such a promising start, we have been well and truly pulled back to earth. We have been reminded that to be a farmer requires grit—an old-fashioned word, perhaps—but one […]

Register your weather station for best results

For a limited time, farmers can register their weather station/s for a free data checking service called ObsCheck. To register contact BCG Project Manager—Research, Kate Finger on 0448 823 353 or [email protected] On-farm weather stations and soil moisture probe technologies are valuable tools when making weather-sensitive farming operation decisions including sowing, spraying, spreading, hay production, […]