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BCG trials up for discussion

Wimmera and Mallee farmers can discover results from cereal variety trials across the region at a Birchip Cropping Group Trials Review Day.
Group research manager Claire Browne will discuss the performance of wheat varieties during 2017 at the event at Birchip Leisure Centre on February 16.
Ms Browne said her session would include the highest yielding varieties and their agronomic package.
“Scepter, LRPB Trojan, Corack and Beckom were the highest yielding varieties in the Mallee, while in the Wimmera, Scepter, LRPB Trojan, Kord CL Plus, Corack and Mace all performed well,” she said. Scepter has been in the NVT – National Variety Trials – program for three years and has shown that it is more than capable of adjusting to both Wimmera and Mallee environments.
“Scepter can now rightfully be considered a very suitable and favoured variety for the Mallee,” Ms Browne said.
BCG senior researcher Kelly Angel and La Trobe University’s Dr James Hunt will discuss results from the first year of the GRDC-funded ‘Managing early sown wheat’ project, which aims to determine the suitability of long-season wheats for the Wimmera and Mallee environment.
Ms Browne said winter wheat Longsword, RAC2341, was in the Grains Research and Development Committee NVT early break trial at Hopetoun and the Managing Early Sown Wheat trials at Longerenong and Curyo.
“The results from the Longerenong and Curyo sites for Longsword have resulted in some head scratching, with it failing to perform due to unexplained sterility in these instances,” she said.
Ms Angel and Mr Hunt will provide growers attending the event with an understanding around the opportunities to cash in on an early break.
Barley varieties and their agronomic management package will also feature on the program.
BCG research officer Linda Walters will present current results and summarise the GRDC-funded ‘Barley agronomy for the southern region’ project which ends in June after 10 years.
“Fathom, La Trobe, Spartacus CL, Rosalind, Hindmarsh and Compass are consistently yielding the highest in the Mallee and Wimmera NVT trials,” Ms Walters said.
“Barley time of sowing trials at Corack this year also provided some interesting results considering frost events, and these results have been analysed and written up for the members only BCG Season Research Results.”
Cereal and pulse disease pressure on varieties is a key consideration when contemplating changing varieties.
Agriculture Victoria plant pathologist Dr Grant Hollaway and senior research agronomists in pulses Dr Jason Brand will provide attendees with an understanding of what happened in 2017, what they might expect to see in 2018, and appropriate disease management strategies moving forward.
The BCG Trials Review Day is a members-only event.
Lunch, refreshments and a copy of the 2017 BCG Season Research Results compendium are provided.
Non-BCG members can purchase memberships prior to, or on the day.
People can visit or call the office on 5492 2787 for more information.

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