Sometimes getting irrigation right can be difficult – particularly with new crops, a new irrigation system, in spring and autumn or just trying to fit irrigation in to a busy schedule. To assist with irrigation planning and to help achieve top yields, Murray Dairy and AgVic provide a weekly ‘Irrigation Requirement$’ summary. This summary includes objective information on plant water requirements for the past week and the forecast week, as well as an interpretation of what this means for optimum irrigation scheduling. A simple new interactive spreadsheet tool is also available that helps you better tailor irrigations for your unique pasture and crop needs.
The weekly Irrigation Requirement$ summary, including the interactive spreadsheet tool can be accessed here
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Agronomists, service providers and researchers in feedbase came together in Moama in October for the fourth workshop in a series provided by the Accelerating Change project. The series is designed to strengthen relationships across the dairy industry, enhancing collaboration and capability in all areas of feedbase, providing participants with a range of information they can use to support dairy farmers in a changing environment.
The focus of the October workshop was to give participants an update on water policy, after a comprehensive session at the last network meeting, and to improve understanding on managing soils for success, wrapping up a large body of work Accelerating Change has done on this topic over the last 18 months.
Claire Miller, Dairy Australia’s Manager for Policy and Strategy, gave an update on water policy including progress of the Murray Darling Basin Plan implementation and additional water recovery measures. Claire was fresh back from a trip to Canberra and discussi...
Accelerating Change, in partnership with Agriculture Victoria, has developed a new fact sheet to assist you to understand how soil moisture monitoring could improve your irrigation management and crop or pasture performance.
The factsheet, written by DEDJTR Irrigation Officer Rob O'Connor, who also manages the soil moisture monitoring sites for Accelerating Change, describes the types of soil moisture monitoring technologies available, how they work, and what data they can provide to improve your decision making.
The Accelerating Change Lucerne Masterclass drew a large crowd of dairy farmers, contractors and service providers to Scott Fitzgerald’s farm in Tongala last week. We saw some sunshine after a few days of heavy rain, making it the perfect opportunity to get into the paddock to have a look at how the lucerne was performing both above ground and how the crop was performing beneath the surface, with some soil pits.
Many farmers in the Murray Dairy region have been using lucerne or are thinking about using it as a perennial, summer-active feed. Lucerne is often used on dairy farms to fill feed gaps in late spring or late autumn and provides a good source of protein throughout warmer months. It has a higher tolerance to water stress and higher irrigated water productivity than perennial ryegrass pastures which makes it an attractive feed source for those managing uncertainty in the water market and climate. However, for optimal quality, yield and persistence lucerne must be managed well.
Accelerating Change held part 2 of the Successful Winter Cropping program in Echuca in August. Farmers and agronomists came together to hear about key agronomic management issues and opportunities occurring this season in winter cereals. The day also covered management decisions to optimise quality of winter cereal silage. Farmers Andrew & Christine Sebire spoke about how they integrate winter cereals into their dairy feedbase, and how it was performing in 2017. Agronomist Luke Nagle covered off on how agronomic management was progressing, what to look out for now and what we can expect as the rest of the season plays out. Silage consultant David Lewis spoke about the importance of planning from the start to reach your silage goals, and making good in-season decisions to maximise your return on investment and quality of end product.
The day covered some excellent technical information to assist farmers you can find here:
Agronomists, service providers and researchers in feedbase came together in Moama in March for the third workshop in a series provided by the Accelerating Change project. The series is designed to strengthen relationships across the dairy industry, enhancing collaboration and capability in all areas of feedbase, providing participants with a range of information they can use to support dairy farmers in a changing environment.
The focus of the March workshop was to give participants a better understanding future water availability for dairy farmers in the region, changes to feedbase, and dairy cow nutrition. Bringing these topics together at the end of the workshop, attendees were asked to help identify research, development and extension priorities for what they believe are required to support future feedbase systems.
The Socio-Economic Impacts of the Murray Darling Basin Plan
Claire Miller, Dairy Australia’s Manager of Policy Strategy, presented the findings from several re...
Accelerating Change hosted the third Successful Summer Cropping workshop in Barooga on the 28th March to round off the summer cropping season by talking through harvesting practices to optimise silage quality. The group also began the first part of the Successful Winter Cropping series, discussing how they would set up their winter cropping agronomy program, and covered the key requirements to set high yield potential for forage crops from the start.
The following take home messages were highlighted by presenters David Lewis of Lallemand and Matt Nihill of Landmark Elmore that are of particular importance this season. More information can be found in the full presentations under our Cropping Resources tab.
Corn silage harvest management
Many farmers have got their basic silage management processes down pat. However to drive efficiencies and optimise nutritive outcomes there are a number of strategies that can be implemented to get that extra return on investment. David Lewis took the gro...
Accelerating Change toured the Riverina in January to have a close look at the soil and agronomic factors influencing summer cropping performance this year, above and below the surface. 46 farmers and agronomist came together to discuss feedbase planning, ground preparation, crop nutrition, weed control, irrigation management and the impact of sub soil constraints on yield. The tour kicked off at Mark & Phillipa Flemming’s at Tocumwal to look at grazed millet and conserved sorghum, and how these crops fit into their feeding system. The next step was Malcolm Holm & Jenny Wheeler’s farm at Blighty, where the group visited two maize crops that were subject to the same agronomic management but were performing vastly differently. The final stop was at Rob & Gaye Singleton’s at Finley where the group looked at an additional three maize sites, where a comparison was made on the impact of crop rotations and soil preparation on the development and yield potential of this year’s maize crop....
Accelerating Change was a finalist in the Young Scientist Award held at the Australian Dairy Conference in Adelaide on the 15th and 16th of February, 2017. Project Manager, Amy Fay, and Project Officer, Harriet Bawden, were invited to present some of Accelerating Change's project findings to the conference audience, consisting of dairy farmers, service providers and producers, from Australia and overseas.
Accelerating Change is comprised of three components that, together, are designed to provide information that supports the development of resilient and profitable feedbase systems in the Murray Dairy region:
1. The project has a monitoring and measurement program which collects and analyses data to measure on-farm performance of different forage types, irrigation or water efficiency strategies and feedbase management.
2. It has an extension arm which develops and pilots new extension and learning activities to assist farmers to identify and implement chang...