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 […]

Critical Breaking Point? Stress and Complexity

BCG’s ‘Critical Breaking Point? Understanding the impact of drought on farming families in the Wimmera Mallee’ aims to gain a better understanding of the pressures upon, and experiences of, farming families in a time of drought. Based on in-depth interviews with farming families in the Wimmera Southern Mallee region of north-western Victoria, it uses an […]

Do you have Grey Banded Leaf Weevil in your canola?

The grey banded leaf weevil (Ethemaia sellata) has been detected attacking canola crops across the Wimmera Mallee.  Growers are reporting extensive damage to emerging canola seedlings.  In one particular canola paddock cotyledons and adult leaves were nibbled at or missing entirely, and damage was occurring despite a pre-emergent spray of Endosulfan. Weevils were caught using some pitfall traps and identified by […]

Calculating seeding rate with 1000 grain weights

BCG highlight the importance each year of correctly calculating seeding rate, but this year with record high prices for all grains, it is more important than ever to know exactly how much seed to sow to achieve your target plant densities. Target Plant Density: the table below provides a guide to the target plant densities […]

Modifying machinery in Culgoa

A BCG machinery modification morning held in Culgoa on 28 February drew the interest of over 60 farmers from across the region. Held on the property of Des Witney, the day involved four local farmers showcasing their seeding set ups and providing some important information about their individual experiences of moving into a no-till sowing […]