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.

Today BCG manages an extensive network of over 110 trial across 36 sites in the Mallee, Wimmera and North Central. Working with organisations such as the GRDC, CSIRO, Government Departments, Universities and Private Companies (who value our independence), BCG provides input and helps conduct research in the areas of agronomy, farming systems, climate, plant nutrition, crop disease, weed and pest management, precision agriculture, ag tech and on-farm connectivity.
Our research capability is extensive with trial design expertise matched with state-of-the-art plant and equipment to deliver high quality results. A detailed list of BCG’s equipment and our assessment ability is detailed below.

To discuss opportunities for how BCG can work with you on a research project or just to simply employ our services for soil sampling, harvesting, grain analysis etc, please contact the BCG office on 03 5492 2787 or info@bcg.org.au.

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Field Equipment

  • 1 x hydraulic soil sampler to 1.5m
  • 2 x Case IH tractors with 2cm accuracy GPS accuracy, three-point linkage and PTO (power take off)
  • 2 x PJ Green small plot 6 row double shoot dual cone tyne seeders each with ability to apply liquid in and above furrow treatments
  • 2 x mobile truck units for sowing and harvesting
  • 2 x Shielded plot sprayers (2m and 3m)
  • 2 x adjustable 14m boom spray units
  • 2 x hand booms for product trial work (1.5 and 2m)
  • 2 x Wintersteiger Delta plot harvesters with on-board weighing and sample collection
  • 2 x hand-held GreenSeeker units
  • Urea spreader on a 6 m boom arm
  • E-bee drone with multi-spectral imagery drone to 3cm pixel size producing NDVI, elevation and RGB images
  • Rain out shelters (used to determine crop lower limits)
  • Bulk density testing equipment
  • Irrigation (limited capacity if required)

A fully equipped laboratory including the following:

  • 2 x 2400L capacity and 1 x 500L capacity drying ovens operating up to 120oC
  • Kimseed aspirator & stationary thresher
  • 1 x Pfeuffer seed counter/packer for packing seed or conducting grain weight assessments
  • CropScan 3000B grain analyser for protein, moisture and oil measurement
  • Sieves and chondrometer for grain quality analysis

Assessment Ability

  • Paddock soil sampling for moisture and nutrients
  • Emergence counts/scores
  • Biomass assessments
  • Drone and/or handheld NDVI measurements
  • Root assessments
  • Frost scoring
  • Disease scoring
  • Herbicide efficacy scoring
  • Phenology assessments
  • Yield
  • Harvest index
  • Grain threshing
  • Post-harvest grain sample cleaning and analysis for protein, oil, moisture, screenings/retention and test weight
  • Livestock equipment – electronic tags/weighing, scales
  • Irrigation (limited capacity)
  • Others available on negotiation
To discuss opportunities for how BCG can work with you on a research project or to just simply employ our services for soil sampling, harvesting, grain analysis etc, please contact the BCG office on 03 5492 2787 or info@bcg.org.au.

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