The stubble project, ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in Victoria and Tasmania’ is a collaborative initiative being undertaken by four grower groups – Birchip Cropping Group (BCG), Southern Farming Systems (SFS), Irrigated Cropping Council (ICC) and the Victorian No-Till Farming Association (VNTFA) – with funding from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
BCG is a not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation led by farmers in the Wimmera Mallee region of Victoria. BCG currently employs 20 staff dedicated to improving the prosperity of farmers and agricultural communities through farmer-driven innovation. Each year BCG sows and manages over 100 research trials and extends the findings through publications and large and small events. For more about BCG click here.
SFS is a farm driven, non-profit organisation helping higher rainfall farmers with practical research and information. Its focus is totally on the higher rainfall zone, covering south west Victoria, parts of Gippsland and Tasmania. All research is of a practical nature and designed to produce long term solutions to farmers. SFS provides a network for its members to share ideas and experiences. For more about SFS click here.
ICC is driven by irrigation mixed farmers across Northern Victoria and Southern NSW. The role of ICC is to provide research and extension services relevant to the mixed farming sector. We do this through locally based research and via newsletters, field days and technical updates. ICC also manages an irrigated research trial site of some 15ha near Kerang. For more about ICC click here.
Vic No-Till (VNTFA) is all about ‘Farmers helping Farmers’ farm for the future. We aim to: promote no-till as an economically viable and environmentally sustainable cropping system; share quality information that is of relevance and value; and increase the adoption of no-till farming. For more about VNTFA click here.
The stubble project (BWD00024) is funded by the GRDC, whose primary objective is to drive the discovery, development and delivery of world-class innovation to enhance the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Australian grain growers and benefit the industry and the wider community. The GRDC is a statutory corporation, founded in 1990. For more about the GRDC click here.