Birchip Cropping Group

BCG is a not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation led by farmers from the Wimmera and Mallee regions of Victoria. Aiming to improve the prosperity of farmers and agricultural communities through farmer-driven innovation, BCG celebrated 20 years of research and extension to the agricultural community in 2012. 

BCG conducts field-based research trials and demonstrations across the Wimmera and Mallee regions spanning up to a 200km radius from Birchip. Across the area, BCG strategically embraces geographically specific issues to ensure that research is relevant to local growers.

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www.bcg.org.au

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Years: 1993 to 2018
2485 published trials
898 uploaded trial reports
122 trial sites
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Aims:

To determine the optimum management of canola plant type and phenology when sown earlier than traditional sowing time (25 April). To assess the response of canola varieties to high and low application rates of N on grain yield and grain quality.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Sowing Timing Variety Type
Longerenong, VIC
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To determine the effects of machinery trafficking on soil properties and crop performance on a deep sand in the LRZ of south-eastern Australia.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Soil Compaction
Loxton, SA
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Managing early sown wheat in a dry season

Genevieve Clarke (BCG), Kelly Angel (BCG), James Hunt (La Trobe University) and Kenton Porker (SARDI)

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Experiment 1: To investigate the suitability of new and pre-release winter wheat varieties to the Wimmera and Mallee and define their optimal time of sowing.
Experiment 2: To investigate the amount of rainfall required to establish an early sown winter wheat crop in the Wimmera and Mallee.

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Variety Type
Narraport, VIC Rupanyup, VIC
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Optimising plant establishment

Claire Browne (BCG) and Glenn McDonald (University of Adelaide)

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1. To evaluate the performance of commercial seeders in establishing canola and lentils by conducting a survey of paddocks.
2. To determine the effect of sowing density, row spacing and seeder type on plant establishment in canola and lentils and subsequent grain yield.

Crop type: Lentils,Canola 2 trials Sowing Method
Narraport, VIC
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To determine how long statice persists in the seedbank and to investigate the effect of crop and fallow rotations on statice control.

Crop type: Barley 3 trials Herbicide Method
Marlbed, VIC
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Calculating the ROI for the use of a stripper front in the Mallee

Simon Craig and Troy Thamm (Farm360 Pty Ltd), and Alistair Murdoch (Kooloonong)

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To determine the ROI from using a stripper front compared to a draper front.

Crop type: Wheat,Barley 2 trials Stubble Management Stubble Height
Kooloonong, VIC
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Managing early sown wheat

Kelly Angel and Genevieve Clarke (BCG), Ash Wallace (AgVic), Kenton Porker (SARDI) and James Hunt (La Trobe University)

Aims:

To investigate the suitability of new and pre-release winter wheat varieties to the Wimmera and Mallee, and define their optimal time of sowing.

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Sowing Timing Variety Type
Curyo, VIC Longerenong, VIC
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To determine the most effective application timing of PGRs to two barley varieties, and at what yield potential their application is economical.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Growth regulator Timing Growth regulator Application
Longerenong, VIC
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To assess the impact of small and large seed size sown to target plant density and kg/ha with different P rates on barley yield and quality.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Sowing Rate
Curyo, VIC
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To determine the nutrient loss from stubbles of various crop types following summer rainfall.

Crop type: Wheat,Canola,Field peas 3 trials Stubble Type
Birchip, VIC
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To compare the competitive ability of new and existing barley varieties in the presence and absence of weeds.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Variety Type
Curyo, VIC
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To determine the amount and availability of N from wheat stubble under varying stubble management practices over three cropping seasons.

Crop type: Wheat 3 trials Stubble Management Stubble Height
Horsham, VIC
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To assess the response of six barley varieties treated with five different N rates at sowing.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Fertiliser Rate
Quambatook, VIC
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To evaluate how new and existing wheat and barley varieties respond to grazing and post-grazing nitrogen (N) application rates.

Crop type: Wheat,Barley 2 trials Fertiliser Application Grazing Regime Variety Type
Warmur, VIC
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To compare the yield and grain quality of barley varieties when harvest is delayed.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Harvest Timing
Kalkee, VIC
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Gibberellic acid and grazing in oats

Jessica Lemon (BCG), Genevieve Clarke and Ashley Wallace (Agriculture Victoria)

Aims:

To measure effect of gibberellic acid application and grazing timings on the biomass production and feed quality of oats.

Crop type: Oats 1 trial Grazing Regime Growth regulator Timing
Warmur, VIC
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Aims:

  • To compare the competitiveness of new and existing barley varieties in the presence and absence of weeds.
  • To increase the competitiveness of a non-competitive variety through sowing time and nitrogen applications in the presence of weeds.

Crop type: Barley 2 trials Fertiliser Timing Sowing Timing
Manangatang, VIC Nhill, VIC
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To determine the effect that nitrogen applied to a barley crop that ‘hayed off’ has on wheat sown in the subsequent season.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser
Kalkee, VIC
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To determine if sowing direction and row spacing can be used to reduce grass weed populations, growth and seed set, and their impact on crop performance in the Mallee.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Row spacing
Jil JIl, VIC
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To investigate the influence of stubble management and rate on the duration, severity and frost damage in frost prone parts of the landscape in the Mallee and Wimmera regions.

Crop type: Barley 3 trials Stubble Management
Hopetoun, VIC
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Aims:

To determine the effect of stubble type (wheat, peas and canola) and load (from Decile 2, 5 and 8
seasons) on subsequent soil and crop nutrition.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble Management
Kalkee, VIC
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To evaluate the early biomass production, hay and grain yield of oat varieties, as well as their response to a herbicide strategy, in the southern Mallee and Wimmera.

Crop type: Oats 1 trial Crop Protection Variety Type
Kalkee, VIC
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Aims:

To evaluate the early biomass production, hay and grain yield of oat varieties, as well as their response to a herbicide strategy, in the southern Mallee and Wimmera.

Crop type: Oats 1 trial Variety Type
Warmur, VIC
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To identify the most effective herbicide product and mixes to control hard-to-kill broadleaf weeds in the Wimmera.

Crop type: No crop specified 1 trial Herbicide Type
Horsham, VIC
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To determine the impact of delaying harvest on yield and grain quality and to create management packages for varieties, as a guide for farmers.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Harvest Timing
Wemen, VIC
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Early sowing of wheat

Kelly Angel (BCG), James Hunt (CSIRO) and Nick Poole (FAR Australia)

Aims:

To compare the yield performance of several slow-developing winter wheat cultivars (requiring vernalisation) with spring wheat cultivars (photoperiod sensitive) at different plant densities, in the presence or absence of weeds.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Timing
Berriwillock, VIC
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To determine how post-grazing nitrogen application rates and post flowering rainfall affect the recovery of Mace and Trojan grain wheat crops after grazing.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Grazing Timing
Berriwillock, VIC
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To identify the most effective herbicide brews to control elongating amsinckia.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Herbicide Type
Dumosa, VIC
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To investigate the effectiveness of the use of different herbicides and spraying regimes prior to sowing in controlling annual ryegrass and to increase grower awareness of rotating the various knockdown options pre-sowing.

Crop type: No crop specified 1 trial Herbicide Type Herbicide Rate Herbicide Timing
Lillimur, VIC
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To evaluate the yield performance of milling oat varieties, and the grazing value, hay and grain yield of grazing-hay oat varieties in the southern Mallee.

Crop type: Oats 1 trial Grazing
Berriwillock, VIC
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To compare fallow and termination timing treatments of legumes on biomass and grain production (2014), and their impact on sowing-time, soil nitrogen and water, and subsequent yield and quality of cereal sown the following season (2015).

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation
Beulah, VIC
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To determine whether sowing direction influences wheat and barley grain yields in the southern grains region.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Sowing
Horsham, VIC
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To ascertain the amount and availability of N under varying stubble management practices and soil environments.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation Fertiliser Method
Horsham, VIC
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To determine if sowing direction and row spacing can be used to influence grass weed populations and growth, and their impact on crop performance in the Mallee.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Sowing Row spacing
Jil JIl, VIC
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To determine the influence of break sequences (2011-2012) followed by consecutive wheat crops (2013-2014) on soil water, nitrogen, brome grass populations and profitability.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation
Chinkapook, VIC
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Early sowing of wheat

Dannielle Ick (BCG), James Hunt (CSIRO) and Nick Poole (FAR)

Aims:

To assess the impact of time of sowing (TOS) on a range of wheat variety maturity classes (winter wheat, slow and mid spring maturing varieties) and to measure the impact of plant density and the presence of weeds (simulated with tame oats) on these varieties.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Timing
Quambatook, VIC
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Fumitory control

Cameron Taylor (BCG), Simon Craig (Agronomise) and Jarrod Brown (Agrivision Consultants)

Aims:

To identify the most effective herbicide brews to control fumitory.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Herbicide Rate
Lalbert, VIC
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To monitor the feed value and grain production from different types of grazed cereal crops in Northern Victoria.

Crop type: Barley,Wheat 6 trials Grazing
Jil JIl, VIC Normanville, VIC Patchewollock, VIC
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Aims:

To investigate the yield and quality effects of a delayed harvest on a range of barley varieties.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Harvest Timing
Horsham, VIC
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To determine the best nitrogen and sulphur strategy for wheat grown on sandy soils in the Mallee with a full profile of moisture and a forecast El Nino.

Crop type: No crop specified 1 trial Fertiliser Type Stubble Management
Kooloonong, VIC
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To determine whether Moddus Evo, applied with and without fungicide at different timings, influenced the level of lodging and head loss in Scope CL barley, and to compare its performance against other PGRs when applied at GS31.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Growth regulator Timing
Horsham, VIC
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To compare the sprouting susceptibility of new and existing wheat and barley varieties.

Crop type: Wheat,Barley 2 trials Variety
Wemen, VIC
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Sowing direction

Claire Browne (BCG) and Rob Launder (Agritech Rural)

Aims:

To determine whether sowing direction influences wheat and barley grain yields in the southern grains region.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Sowing
Horsham, VIC
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Statice control

Cameron Taylor (BCG) and Jarrod Brown (AGRIvision)

Aims:

To determine the most effective herbicide for use on statice.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Herbicide
Marlbed, VIC
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Aims:

To validate the effect of grazing intensity and growth stage on forage value and yield response of different wheat varieties, with sowing times suited to cultivar.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Grazing Regime
Quambatook, VIC
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To determine how the management of a vetch crop (termination timing and end-use) influences the yield and quality of a following wheat crop grown for two consecutive years.

Crop type: Vetch 1 trial Harvest
Beulah, VIC
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Vetch termination: 2012 outcome

De-Anne Ferrier (BCG) and Laura Goward and Mark Peoples (CSIRO)

Aims:

To determine how the management of a vetch crop (termination timing and end-use) influences the yield and quality of a following wheat crop grown for two consecutive years.

Crop type: Vetch 1 trial Harvest
Beulah, VIC
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Vetch termination: 2014 wheat

De-Anne Ferrier (BCG) and Laura Goward and Mark Peoples (CSIRO)

Aims:

To determine how the management of a vetch crop (termination timing and end-use) influences the yield and quality of a following wheat crop grown for two consecutive years.

Crop type: Vetch 1 trial Harvest
Beulah, VIC
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To measure the effectiveness of herbicides used in Clearfield and non-Clearfield cropping rotations to control problematic weeds in the Mallee including wild radish and brome grass.

Crop type: Wheat,Field peas 2 trials Crop Rotation
Pira, VIC
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To assess the natural incidence of two BYD strains (PAV and RPV) in an insecticide treated field and to evaluate the effects of diseasse 'hot spots' (infected plots with BYD) and infection rate on neighbouring plants.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Pesticide Type
Horsham, VIC
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