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Birchip Cropping Group trails review day on the 16th of Feb

  • By: "Prime" Ag News
  • Jan 11, 2018

BCG members will have the opportunity to embrace the latest results and information at the annual BCG Trials Review Day to be held at the Birchip Leisure Centre on Friday 16 February.
BCG managed 25 research sites throughout the Wimmera, Mallee and North Central regions in 2017.

Results from a selection of trials will be presented and opened for interpretation and discussion at the event.

BCG CEO Chris Sounness said that BCG staff feature strongly on the program and they look forward to sharing results with members so that they can be applied to improve the prosperity of their farm businesses.

“The staff group at BCG are passionate about the research, and equally as thrilled to see the outcomes being transpired on-farm, this is where the satisfaction is felt and enthusiasm to do it year-after-year.”

Presentations on the day will include crop variety updates on wheat, barley, canola and pulses including the release of results from the GRDC-funded managing early sown wheat project.

Weed topics on the day include a presentation from Australian Department of Agriculture - National Residue Survey - Assistant Director for Plant Programs Chris Williams on chemical registrations, residue level setting and good agricultural practice. In addition to that, there will be an update on reducing the seed bank of brome grass and controlling ryegrass using a shielded sprayer.

There will be presentations on agronomic issues, effective grazing crop mixtures, crop nutrition such as the runoff of nutrients in crop stubbles and looking at the crop tolerance of lentils to herbicide mixtures and much more.

CSIRO researcher Steve Henry will be attending the event to share his knowledge on best management practice for mice control coming into the 2018 season. Considering both 2016 and 2017 have been favourable production years in the Wimmera and Mallee, there is a lot of food for mice so farmers need to be vigilant and monitor and control where necessary.

Another highlight on the day is the launch and distribution of the 2017 BCG Season Research Results compendium. BCG staff take great pride in statistically analysing the results and writing applied reports over December and January to submit into the compendium.

The BCG Trials Review Day is a members only event. Lunch and refreshments are included and non-BCG members can purchase memberships prior to, or on the day.  

For more information about the BCG Trials Review Day visit the website at or phone the office on (03) 5492 2787.