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.
August 23, 6pm through to August 25, 4:30pm.
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, UniSA
‘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.