BCG, in partnership with SFS, ICC and VNTFA invite growers to join a three-day tour of the South West and Wimmera looking at stubble management, adopting a stubble retained system and machinery modifications designed to overcome stubble management challenges.
The trip will feature crop walks, trial site tours, machinery demonstrations and presentations from leading farmers, consultants, researchers and machinery engineers; starting at Geelong on Sunday evening, August 23 and finishing in St. Arnaud on Tuesday afternoon, August 2.
As well as showcasing a range of practices and machinery modifications designed to overcome challenges associated with stubble retention, the trip will provide growers with an excellent opportunity to network and socialise with other farmers.
Geelong – Inverleigh – Horsham – St. Arnaud
Sunday, August 23
2pm – arrive at Geelong, tour of Little Creatures brewery (optional).
6pm – dinner at Inverleigh Hotel
Guest speakers: Claire Browne – overview of stubble project and trip; Paul Breust – SFS research
Overnight at Geelong – Admiralty Motel, Best Western (near Kadinia Park)
Monday, August 24 – Tour of the South West
Breakfast at hotel
8am – SFS seeder demo site, Inverleigh.
9am – Troy Missen, Rokewood. Zero-till and CTF system. Grows summer crops and uses a 30ft system; Excel Stubble Warrior Disc Seeder Precision Planter for canola and beans
11am – Scott Blurton, Stretham. Zero-till and CTF system. Grows covers and summer crops. Uses a 40ft CTF system; JD single disc. Also hosts disc v. tyne replicated trial plus a disc in stubble management trial all +/- rolling for slug control.
2pm – Gary Meek, Mininera. Harvest weed seed (prototype weed seed mill).
Arrive Horsham 6pm
Dinner at Ducks Nuts restaurant, Horsham International, 118 Baillie St, Horsham VIC 3400
Dinner speaker – Dr Jack Desbiolles, Agricultural Research Engineer, University of South Australia
‘Best practice for residue handling at seeding with tine and disc seeders’
Overnight at Horsham International
Tuesday August 25 – Tour of the Wimmera
Breakfast at hotel
8am – Guest speaker – Ben Cordes (Tyler’s Farm Supplies).
Residue management – challenges of not having an effective residue spread
9.30am – BCG Kalkee trial site
Stubble management and row spacing trials – Jessica Lemon & Claire Browne (BCG)
Row spacing implications for seeder technology – Dr Jack Desbiolles (UniSA)
12.00pm – Paul Oxbrow, Rupanyup South – ‘Transitioning to zero-till’.
12:45 – BBQ lunch. Q & A session – Overcoming the barriers to no-till
2:30pm – Trevor Postlethwaite machinery engineer, St. Arnaud. Machinery modifications
4:30pm – Evaluations and then depart for home
This trip is open to all farmers. The cost is $100 for BCG, SFS, ICC and VNTFA members and $200 for non-members.
Places for this trip are limited. You can register here.