A Word From the CEO – Optimism

Despite a relatively dry June across the region, the Bureau of Meteorology’s ENSOOutlook shift to a La Nina WATCH has everyone feeling cautiously optimistic for the remainder of the season. The BCG research program in 2020 has increased to almost 10,000 plots across 24 locations and 35 paddocks being sown. This highlights an increased effort […]

July 2020 Extension Update

Our lives have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has and will continue to impact how we gather and interact and how information is extended from BCG to our members, and to all Australian broadacre farmers, for the foreseeable future.   With restrictions on gatherings as they currently stand in Victoria, BCG […]

Oaten Hay for Export

Approximately one third of all Australian commercial scale farms across Australia produce hay each year. Export quality oaten hay demands a price premium but achieving quality standards set by hay buyers along with optimal yields can be tricky. BCG is currently running its second of three years of trial work as part of the National […]


The original GAPP program ran between 2015 and 2017 with the aim of increasing on-farm production and profitability, particularly among young farmers. The program brought in a range of agricultural professionals to present at discussion group meetings and crop walks over the course of the project. In the years since the project ended, we have […]

Realising benefits from sheep eIDs

Have you got ideas on how to use sheep electronic ear tags or eIDs, but haven’t tried it yet? Do you want to reduce labour and time in the yards? Want to identify high or poor performing animals? Or just want to use your data to make better informed management decisions? If so, this project is for […]

Farmer in Focus – Luke Batters, St Arnaud

This month BCG caught up with St Arnaud Farmer, Luke Batters. After starting a career as an agronomist, before becoming a barista in Bright for several years, Luke has returned to the family farm where the innovative spirit he has inherited from his father Barry has been the driving force behind his passion to test […]

Deep ripping, manuring and claying on sandy soils in the Wimmera

This project is supported by Wimmera Catchment Management Authority through funding from the Australian Government National Landcare Program.

Increasing Awareness Of Farm Practices Influencing Soil Carbon Levels And The Impact On The System

BCG’s Cameron Taylor and Cropfact’s Harm van Rees discuss soil carbon as part of the ‘Increasing Awareness of Farm Practices Influencing Soil Carbon Levels and the Impact on the System’. This project is supported by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA), through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.