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How did you do on #bugronomy?

For a fortnight from the 14th September, BCG ran an insect identification quiz on twitter as part of the GRDC funded ‘Supporting the sustainable use of insecticides and local on-farm implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies in the GRDC southern region’ project. BCG posted two pictures each day with an attached poll to anonymously provide a response to the […]

ADAMA predictive pest network: Real-time predictive pest network game-changer for in-paddock pest monitoring

A NEW unique pest monitoring network is set to dramatically improve insect monitoring and crop checking processes for growers and agronomists across Australia. The Trapview Predictive Pest Network developed by ADAMA, launches to the market this month as part of the company’s ongoing drive to provide Australian growers with the latest AgTech solutions to support […]

Watch-out for wireworm

Wimmera-Mallee growers advised to be aware of Wireworm activity.  BCG Staff recently spoke to growers in the Wimmera about the discovery of Wireworm in a Canola crop, resulting in approximately 120 hectares of Canola being re-sown on one property near Murtoa. Damage to Canola was also reported at a property at Natimuk.  “Two paddocks were really belted around” explained one grower “we […]

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the GRDC Research Updates

BCG Staff Member Kelly Angel recently travelled to Bendigo to host a panel discussion alongside industry experts Greg Toomey (Nutrien Ag Solutions) and Craig Drum (Dagro) as part of the ongoing ‘Sustainable use of insecticides in the southern region’ project being undertaken by BCG in collaboration with the GRDC.  The aim of the project is to provide […]

Technical Bulletin – 30 October 2019

In the northern Mallee a few headers have started, largely on barley, and in the southern Mallee a few are trying to ‘strike the first blow’. Early reports indicate yields (in northern Mallee) are around 1.6-1.9t/ha of Barley. Compass is the first to come in. In the Wimmera harvest is 2-3 weeks away and in […]

Technical Bulletin – 16 October 2019

In the Mallee, mowing, bailing and preparations for harvest are in full swing and in some areas harvest unfortunately will not be a big job. The Wimmera is focusing on insect spraying as well as cutting hay crops, the west Wimmera experienced a cold night last week which may see some growers inspecting paddocks for frost.    Table  1. Rainfall and deciles across the Wimmera and Mallee (number in brackets denotes decile).  […]
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Technical Bulletin – 3 October 2019

Frosty conditions have kept growers on alert to assess potential levels of frost damage. In the Mallee, crops are really starting to change colour and hay cutting is underway. In the Wimmera, some vetch has been cut which has been prompted by the warm conditions and crops are generally about to flower or at are flowering. The potential is still there but a rain is needed to finish it off.     Table  1. Rainfall and deciles […]
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Technical Bulletin – 21 August 2019

Rain in some regions has meant more spreading and spraying for growers. The northern Mallee needs follow up rain soon while in other areas, fungicide application decisions particularly in canola, chickpeas and cereals are being made. Late weed control sprays are also keeping Wimmera growers busy.   Table 1. Rainfall and deciles across the Wimmera […]
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Technical Bulletin – 7 August 2019

  With the welcomed calm conditions over the past couple of weeks, growers throughout the district have been busy spreading and spraying operations. Hopefully the approaching cold fronts, due at the end of the week, bring some more rain. The spraying focus has generally been on broadleaf control in cereals, late grass weed management and […]
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Russian Wheat Aphid: what’s happening in the Wimmera and Mallee this season?

As we near the Spring months, conditions warm up and pest populations will increase along with the temperatures. Russian wheat aphid (RWA), first found in Australia in 2016, is a relatively new pest for Australian cropping systems. Although the behaviour and populations of RWA in Australia are not yet fully understood, it is known that […]

Technical Bulletin – 24 July 2019

There is a lot happening in the Wimmera and Mallee with crops growing, diseases setting in, nutrition responses appearing, some insect pressure and weeds getting bigger. Keeping on top of logistics is the challenge in between wind, showers and wet paddocks, although we never say no to rain! It is important to prioritise workload so […]
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