2021 BCG Trials Review Day

Good sowing programs take into account in-season factors such as weather, disease and pest pressure, input costs and market behaviour.  BCG Trials Review Day, held on Friday 19 February 2021, will address such topics giving growers and advisors independent, statistically rigorous results addresses to enable them to complete their 2021 and future sowing programs with confidence.   The 2021 BCG research program amounts to approximately 10 000 plots and extends across 39 […]

Engagement encouraged at BCG AGM

BCG’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday the 10th of December at 7pm in the BCG conference room, 73 Cumming Avenue Birchip.  BCG CEO Fiona Best welcomes all members to the meeting: “The AGM is a valuable way for BCG to engage with its members. We want our members to feel supported by the organisation and […]

2021 Rhodes scholarship awarded to BCG Research Agronomist

BCG’s Research Agronomist, Kate Maddern, has been awarded the prestigious Victorian Rhodes Scholarship for 2021. The news was announced by the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, on Saturday 31 October via Twitter after a comprehensive selection process from a field of approximately 40 applicants. “We are extremely proud of, and excited for, […]

A beekeeper’s harvest

Congratulations Kate Maddern Rhodes Scholarship On behalf of the board I would like to congratulate BCG Research Agronomist, Kate Maddern, who has been awarded the prestigious 2021 Victorian Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University. We are wish her all the best with her studies. Harm van Rees Award Recently I visited the BCG Main Site at […]

Meet the Team – Janine Batters

Welcome back to BCG! What have you been doing professionally prior to taking up this role? (and what are you still doing?) It is great to be back at BCG. I have been fortunate to have been able to pursue my interest in journalism working at the North Central News in St. Arnaud for a […]

Farmer in Focus – Joel Donnan

It’s hard not to think about the role of genetics when talking to Joel Donnan because his passion for stud sheep and the fact that he’s a fifth-generation farmer all suggest ‘it’s in the blood’.  Joel farms at Willangie—in between Birchip, Sea Lake and Woomelang in north west Victoria—with his parents, Andrew and Denita, his brother Trent, wife Lauren and their two children, Leni and Arlo.   The highly successful Anden Stud comprises of […]

Gibberellic acid in vetch

BCG have established a trial at Pyramid Hill in North Central Victoria with funding from the GRDC and Agriculture Victoria, investigating Gibberellic Acid (GA) applications on two vetch varieties, Morava and Popany at two application timings. GA is a plant hormone that promotes cell elongation and consequently increases plant growth. It is commonly used in […]

Southern Mallee Oaten Hay Trial Yields

The BCG team have been busy taking dry matter assessments to coincide with widespread hay cutting occurring across the Wimmera and Mallee. With the help of a drying oven or two, we have been able to ‘bale up’ the preliminary yield results for you. A trial was established at Curyo in the Southern Mallee with […]

Sweet smell of success for ‘eNose’ project

With participating organisations University of Tasmania, Soils for Life, Birchip Cropping Group, Farmlink Research, Southern Farming Systems  By Dr Shane Powell, Senior Lecturer, Tasmanina Insititute of Agriculture.  By ‘smelling soil’, researchers hope to identify soils that have specific ‘signatures’ associated with particular characteristics.   Led by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), with input from participating organisation growers, a Soils CRC project, is aiming to develop alternative ways of assessing soil health.   Growers want […]