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Birchip Cropping Group Field Day a huge success

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Sep 16, 2017

The BCG Main Field Day at Curyo on Wednesday, September 13 has been declared one of its best.

The two paddocks owned by Jim and Craig Rickard hosted more than 25 trials which attracted a crowd of 400, and the event delivered on its promise to educate, upskill and inform.
Farmers from as far away as the Riverina, Central Victoria and the South Australia joined hundreds from the Wimmera and Mallee who took the opportunity to meet industry experts, hear from top public speakers and witness first-hand research in their region.

During the official opening, GRDC Southern Panel Chair Keith Pengilley announced a $310,000 GRDC Infrastructure Grant for BCG to further enhance its delivery of valuable science-based research and extension outputs for the benefit of growers throughout the Mallee and Wimmera regions in Victoria, and well beyond.

Mr Pengilley said “BCG is an important research partner of the GRDC – the work undertaken by this highly respected organisation has over many years directly contributed to adoption of improved farm practices for increased grower profitability.”

Following the announcement and Q&A with site host farmers, attendees took the opportunity to tour the research sites and hear from industry knowledge brokers, researchers, farmers and agronomists.

The trial tours were popular with a high level of interest in research investigating frost ID and management, pulse agronomy and marketing, emerging weed management, shielded sprayer engineering, disease management and control thresholds, early sown wheat and varieties, emerging chemistry, mixed crop types and grazing management and sheep health.

After lunch a capacity crowd filled the marquee to hear CSIRO mice expert Steve Henry provide an update on the current mice situation including the importance of monitoring, breeding cycles and baiting strategies.

Mr. Henry emphasised that mice can breed from six weeks of age, have a litter of pups every 20 days, a single pair can give rise to 500 offspring in a season and spring is their most prevalent breeding season.

“Zinc phosphide is the only control technique for broad scale application and monitoring relies on farmers being aware of the emerging problem and being proactive about control strategies.”
The afternoon focus then shifted to the weather and ukulele extraordinaire and Agriculture Victoria seasonal risk agronomist Dale Grey provided attend...
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