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:
The Agronomy Network met for the second time in Echuca on Friday 9th December to hear about and discuss past and current agronomic and irrigation research occurring in our region.
The group heard from Agriculture Victoria Senior Research Scientists, Kevin Kelly and Mike Morris, on current and past research in the agronomic and irrigation hydrology space. Also on the agenda was an introduction to the Forage Value Index project by Ron Prestige from Dairy Australia. The session finished with a question and answer session with University of Southern Queensland Researcher, Geoff Cockfield, who was keen to understand the agronomists' perspective on what sustained and improved feedbase performance in the dairy industry might look like for our region. Geoff's work is part of a wider research project across Victoria funded by the Gardiner Foundation.
See below for a summary of the key messages from the day. The full presentations can be accessed here: