Roll up for 2014 Birchip Cropping Group results
The results from 12 months of agricultural research will be released at BCG’s annual Trials Review Day on Friday, February 20.
The event, to be held at the Birchip Community Leisure Centre, promises to be a thought-provoking day for farmers who will receive practical and relevant information ahead of the 2015 cropping season.
In 2014, BCG managed 120 trials at 26 sites across the Wimmera, Mallee and even touching, North Central and Western District soil. Many of the results from these trials will be discussed and debated at the Trials Review Day.
The program is bursting with information and features presentations by leading agricultural and industry specialists who will share expert research and knowledge with those in attendance.
A success at last year’s Trials Review Day was the introduction of the farmer-to-farmer learning session which featured two farmers discussing the season and sharing their experiences with their peers. This year, Berriwillock grain grower Neil Luehman and Yanac mixed farmer Brett Wheaton will take to the stage to share what they learnt from a challenging 2014 season.
BCG’s independent wheat, barley, canola variety presentation will be changed up this year with a panel discussion and Q&A session featuring BCG’s Claire Browne and Linda Walters and Agronomise consultant Simon Craig.
Two of the agricultural industry’s leading researchers Harm van Rees (Cropfacts) and James Hunt (CSIRO) will discuss the risk management associated with sowing time, and what lessons we learnt from the 2014 frosts.
For mixed farmers and livestock producers the results from BCG’s two-year early finishing of lambs project is sure to attract interest. The trial saw BCG work with four farms trialling the current practice of finishing lambs versus a range of alternatives, and tracking growth rates over a period of time as well as the most cost effective method.
The annual Season Research Results compendium will be launched at the event. This 230-page handbook contains the results from over 50 trials. Topics covered include crop agronomy, risk management, varieties, crop nutrition, weed management, livestock systems and disease management.
The BCG Trials Review Day is for BCG Members only. Non-members can purchase a membership prior to the event or on the day. Registration is from 8:15am and the results sessions will begin at 9:00am sharp. For more information visit www.bcg.org.au or contact BCG on (03) 5492 2787.