The 21st Birchip Cropping Group Future Farmers Expo, held at the Birchip P-12 School on Wednesday, provided growers and industry with the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics, including weather and machinery.
The event kicked off on the cold, drizzly morning with a climate outlook from Bureau of Meteorology Senior Climatologist, Catherine Ganter who explained the influence of the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) on rainfall in southern Australia, plus indicated that the outlook for July, August and September suggests slightly drier conditions.
Data access and management was a key theme for the day with Minyip farmer Paul Petering and BCG Technical Officer Chris Cook providing insight into how weather stations are assisting farm decision making. BCG CEO Chris Sounness explained how others can become involved in the weather station network and outlined the potential for a farmer data co-operative.
Continuing with the farm data theme, Kaniva grower and Nuffield Scholar Jonathan Dyer demonstrated how yield and protein monitors are demonstrating a return on investment in his business.
A panel session on innovative approaches to incorporating family members into the farm business was a generated plenty of discussion on the day. K...