Women’s Agronomy – a day in the paddock

The BCG Women’s Agronomy Group held its third meeting for the year on Thursday 20 August, with fifteen women attending. Unlike the previous two meetings, which were held indoors, this day was spent outside exploring and discussing topical agronomic issues. The day started with the group visiting the polymer trial at Barber’s property. Polymers have been […]

BCG labeled “world class” by Governor-General

BCG’s most recent accolade was from Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, who labeled BCG as ‘world class’ after visiting to officially open the 2009 Grains Research Expo and speak at the Expo Dinner in July 2009. Expo Dinner The Governor-General was guest speaker at the Expo Dinner on […]

Agriculture 1.0.1

Women from across the Wimmera Mallee came to Birchip this week to participate in BCG’s second Women’s Agronomy Group meeting of the year. A range of agricultural topics were covered in the interactive workshop including understanding climate indicators, crop growth stages and herbicide resistance. De-Anne Price from DPI Horsham led the discussion on climate indicators […]

On-farm grain storage – BCG Expo special

So far this storage season, it would appear grain insects have been active, with growers calling BCG to ask for advice on what to do. Unfortunately many problems have been discovered during sowing – when it is too late. Peter Botta, DPI grain storage expert, will present two sessions at this year’s BCG ‘From Surviving […]

Innovative approach to create frog homes

Wildlife ponds have proven successful in conserving frog populations in the Wimmera Mallee. A two year ‘Frogs on Farms’ project undertaken by BCG tested the innovative approach of maintaining frog populations using a specially designed wildlife pond. The project established eleven wildlife ponds to determine the use of ponds by frogs, the ability of frogs […]

Yield Prophet named in “SMART 100” Index

Yield Prophet® has been named one of Australia’s 100 most innovative products in the Australian Anthill Magazines ‘SMART 100’ Index. The index is one of the largest innovation awards of its kind in Australia with the awards process spanning over six months and harnessing the power of 1,600 ‘mavens’ identified to judge the 861 products entered. […]

Chilean delegates visit BCG

Nine Chilean agricultural government representatives visited the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) last Friday, as part of a tour organised by the Chilean Embassy to assess drought response and water use in Australian Agriculture. Arriving in Australia last Monday, the group spent two days in Canberra talking with various government departments before flying to Melbourne to […]

James Jess returns from Woolworths Scholarship program with new knowledge

It’s not often that Birchip Cropping Group technical officer James Jess gets to rub shoulders with a South Australian artisan cheese maker and a NSW grower of Asian greens.  But the 2008 Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship Program has given James the opportunity to get together with others in the agricultural sector and see what makes […]

BCG hosts a record crowd at the Main Field Day!

BCG hosted a record crowd at the Main Field Day on Thursday 11 September, 600 farmers and industry representatives came to be part of what has become one of the regions premier agricultural events. The theme for the field day was ‘Changing climate- changing practices’ with the morning tours and afternoon discussion sessions developed around […]

BCG Chairman awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia

Ian McClelland was awarded a 2008 OAM ‘for service to agriculture, particularly through the development of sustainable crop production systems, and innovative farming and land management practices.’ Born on October 24, 1948, Ian is the fourth child and third son of Alan and Doris McClelland, of ‘Windarra’, Birchip. He attended the Birchip Primary School and, until […]

Dry sown crops emerge well

Farmer confidence to dry sow a proportion of their program into weed free paddocks is increasing, particularly as the Wimmera Mallee experiences more late break’s.  However questions arose again this season as to “How long would a germinated cereal grain remain viable without follow up rain”?, and “How safe is it to sow into marginal moisture […]