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About BCG

Birchip Cropping Group Inc. (BCG) is a not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation led by farmers in the Victorian Wimmera and Mallee.

Seeding Rate and Time of Sowing of faba beans Under Irrigation

Ian Herbert (SFS TAS) Aim The aim of this fully replicate trial was to investigate how the time of sowing and plant population would affect the performance of faba beans.  Background Inclusion of a grain legume in the Tasmanian cropping … Continue reading

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2017 field trials

BCG Availability of Nitrogen from cereal stubble: 15N trial summary 2014-2016 Stubble Nutrient Loss from Summer Rainfall Pulse seed coat and zinc fertilisers in lentils Managing wild radish and brome grass seedbanks Southern Farming Systems Stubble retention in the high … Continue reading

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Disease Control Using Fungicide on Wheat

This trial is continuing on with our fungicide work, but with a program that is considering Septoria Tritici Blotch as well as Stripe Rust and Yellow Leaf Spot. Septoria tritici blotch is an important stubble borne foliar disease of wheat … Continue reading

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Stubble Components Demonstration

The demonstration was established to test whether increased N rates influence the quality (nitrogen content) of the stubble produced. Scout wheat was sown on May 4th with 125 kg/ha DAP. Soil N (0-60 cm) was 74 kg N/ha. The demonstration … Continue reading

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Plant Growth Regulators in Barley

The ICC trials have demonstrated that there are products that can work as plant growth regulators in the main irrigated crops but most are not registered, therefore permitted, to be used. PGRs can be useful in controlling lodging in cereals … Continue reading

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Nitrogen contribution of faba stubbles

Faba beans offer growers several advantages as a pulse crop: Generally profitable as a grain crop Grazing potential of the stubbles N contribution as a high yielding pulse Disease and weed break The variety trials over the seasons at the … Continue reading

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Foliar Fungicides for Barley

No fungicide treatment gave any yield benefit or extension of “green-ness” of the canopy. The dry early winter and spring resulted in low disease pressure. Previous trial work at the Block had shown yield improvements in barley with the application … Continue reading

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Canola Establishment in Heavy Stubble Demonstration

A demonstration to examine the option of establishing canola via broadcasting seed into wheat stubble.The demonstration was sown into the 2016 wheat variety trial, with different combinations of stubble height, stubble lodging, ground cover and stubble burnt.Canola seed (was broadcast … Continue reading

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Managing wild radish and brome grass seedbanks

Cameron Taylor and Amy Smith (BCG)   Take home messages A two-spray approach of Clearfield® rotation and premium wild radish herbicide products such as Velocity®, Jaguar®, Precept® + Lexone® and Flight® proved to be the best at controlling wild radish … Continue reading

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Stubble retention in the high rainfall zone 2017

James Manson (SFS) Key Messages Retained stubble reduced canola establishment and increased pest damage. Using an Arricks wheel at sowing improved canola establishment, especially under retained stubble. Baiting for slugs is an important consideration for growing canola in retained stubble. … Continue reading

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