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BCG latest trials research revealed

Birchip Cropping Group members can hear latest results from trial sites across the Wimmera, Mallee and North Central at BCG’s Trial Review Day at Birchip Community Leisure Centre on Friday.  

BCG staff, renowned researchers, industry experts and growers will share their research, knowledge and experiences in a day designed specifically for BCG members.

BCG chief executive Fiona Best said the day’s program combined the expertise of BCG staff, who had developed and implemented BCG’s 2020 research program, with researchers and consultants whose expertise in topics such as new chemistry, nutrition, varieties and disease management is unparalleled. 

“Each topic has been selected based on what our members want to know going into the 2021 growing season,” she said. 



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Dr James Hunt from La Trobe University will present findings of three years of research aimed at increasing yields by matching nitrogen supply to crop demand. 

Crop establishment and seeder selection will be the topic of one of two farmer discussion panels. Tim Rethus, disc, and Tim McClelland, tyne, will share their strategies for achieving their targeted crop establishment, why they chose the seeder they did and how they manage issues such as disease, pests and traffic flow in their system.

BCG staff will share their insights from research conducted throughout the 2020 growing season, including Kelly Angel speaking with Dr Mick Rose from NSW DPI about the latest findings in managing herbicide residue.   

Genevieve Clarke, BCG research and extension officer, will discuss the economics of blackleg management, alongside Dr Steve Marcroft from Marcroft Grains Pathology. 

BCG senior researcher James Murray and Agriculture Victoria’s Jason Brand will deliver pulse variety performance results. Kate Maddern, BCG, will share soil amelioration results from the Mallee and Wimmera and Claire Pickles, BCG, will unveil the latest cereal variety results.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to have a health check thanks to the return of the National Centre for Farmer Health agrihealth professionals. 

The BCG Trials Review Day is a COVID-safe event. Attendees must bring a mask to wear indoors and registration prior to the day is essential via BCG website www.bcg.org.au or by calling 5492 2787. 

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