Yarrawonga Chronicle

Online update to helps farmers prepare for spring

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Riverine Plains will host a virtual In-season Update this Friday to discuss a range of crop and livestock production issues ahead of the all-important spring growing period.

Riverine Plains Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Marriott, said that while the season was progressin­g nicely, the wet conditions over winter meant that farmers were juggling a different set of management issues in 2021 compared to previous years.

“While conditions are looking great coming into spring, there is always the potential for nutrition, pest and disease or marketing to throw us a curve-ball, and the update is a great way for grain and mixed farmers to stay current on emerging issues,” Ms Marriott said.

“Given sheep are such a big part of mixed farming systems in the Riverine Plains, the first session in the program will be dedicated to sheep health and nutrition issues, presented by Rob Inglis, Elders, with a special focus on management under wet conditions,” she said.

The wet and mild growing conditions also mean that crop yield potential is quite high and Josh Buerckner, IK Caldwell, will discuss protecting crop yield through crop nutrition, pest and disease management (including mice), as well as pre-emergent herbicide options for the local area.

The all-important rainfall outlook will be presented by In-season Update regular, Dale

Grey, from Agricultur­e Victoria. A grain market update will also be provided by Adrian Clancy, Farmanco Group.

Spring is also an important time to consider broader farming strategies and the Update will finish with a presentati­on by Brooke Sauer, Intellect Ag, on how to create a farm-tech plan and make the data work.

This presentati­on is also an introducti­on to an upcoming Workshop, sponsored by AgriFuture­s Australia, which will be hosted by Riverine Plains during September.

The In-season Update will be held via the Zoom meeting platform from 8:30-10:35am on Friday, August 13.

The event is free for members and sponsors, while the cost for non-members is $120. Pre-registrati­on is essential, with login details emailed after registrati­on.

To register, visit https://riverinepl­ains.org. au/event/in-season-update-august-13-online or contact Fiona Hart at info@riverinepl­ains. org.au or phone 03 5744 1713 for further informatio­n.

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The program on Friday will also discuss protecting crop yield through crop nutrition, pest and disease management.
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The first session of this Friday’s In-season Update program will be dedicated to sheep health and nutrition issues.

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