RESEARCH

Research is at the heart of what BCG does. BCG originally started as a trials-focused organisation, conducting scientific trials and sharing the results with farmers. Since then, BCG has been a key member of many research projects and regularly partners with organisations like the CSIRO to provide input and help conduct practical in-paddock trials.

Some of our key recent projects are detailed below.

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Projects

Managing early sown wheat project (2017-2020)

Funded by GRDC and in conjunction with La Trobe University, it is in its final of three years, with research being undertaken at Birchip and Kalkee. The aim of the project is to develop crop management packages for early sown, long season wheats in the Southern region of Australia.

GRDC Southern Pulse Agronomy (2018-2021)

Aims to understand the implications of new traits on the adaptation, crop physiology and management of pulses in the southern region of Australia and increase adoption of pulses. With two sites at Pyramid Hill, on two different soil types, east and west of town. The project provides local trial data to growers and advisers that address key constraints to the production of pulse crops in the north central region. It is complemented by Crop Walks under the GRDC Pulse Extension Project.

National Paddock Survey

The ‘National Paddock Survey’ initiative is funded by the GRDC and is a joint project led by BCG in association with CSIRO, farming systems groups and agronomic consultants in the Western, Northern and Southern GRDC regions. Throughout the National Paddock Survey project, crop performance data was collected during the cropping cycle (pre-sowing to harvest) on two production zones in 250 paddocks nationally and correlated to plant water use. These data will be used to identify the major constraints to production in different regions and soil types.

Critical Breaking Point 2008 and 2012

Based on in-depth interviews with farming families in the Wimmera and southern Mallee region of north-western Victoria, the Critical Breaking Point project used an unprecedented longitudinal approach to track the experiences of farming families during a time of drought and – it was expected and hoped – a period of drought recovery.

This study is based on two phases of research. Part one interviewed sixty randomly selected farming families during severe drought in February 2007. Part two involved two follow-up interviews at six monthly intervals (September 2007 and February 2008) with a subset of twenty of the sixty farming families (representing some of the younger and older families of the original sample) interviewed in part one. The interviews were conducted using a unique local interviewer methodology.

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Application of Controlled Traffic Farming in the Low Rainfall Zone

The project ‘Application of controlled traffic in the low rainfall zone’ used a balanced combination of research and development (R&D) to answer growers’ questions about CTF and provide the information they need to make informed decisions about whether to invest in adopting the system on their farms. Over five years (2015 to 2019), this project provided grain growers and advisors of the Southern Region LRZ with the tools and knowledge needed to assess any benefits and costs of investing in CTF systems.

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To discuss opportunities for BCG to work with you on your research project, please contact the BCG office on 03 5492 2787 or info@bcg.org.au.

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