Nutrition, water, harvest all on table at Riverine Plains crop walks

WITH THE GRAIN: Michael Straight from FAR Australia speaks with farmers during a paddock walk at Coreen this week. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

WITH THE GRAIN: Michael Straight from FAR Australia speaks with farmers during a paddock walk at Coreen this week. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

About 60 grain growers attended this week’s Riverine Plains on site paddock walks across southern Riverina and the North East, with crop nutrition a hot topic as many farms struggled because of the above average wet this season.

Riverine Plains extension officer Cassie Schefe said early sown crops, which were able to establish a good root system before the wet set in, were standing up to conditions well.

“There’s some ripper crops around, it all comes down to how long things were subjected to waterlogging this year, the placement in the landscape is the biggest driver,” Dr Schefe said.

“The key this year was getting nutrition on early, getting it on when you could rather than waiting for key times because it has been so wet” she said.

The walks at Coreen, Henty, Yarrawonga and Dookie are part of the Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in the Riverine Plains projects.

Meanwhile, Howlong farmer Ian Trevethan has been elected to replace John Bruce, of Barooga, as the organisation’s new chairman.

Mr Trevelen operates a diverse farming operation with his family in the Howlong area.

“Farming can be a really complex business and Riverine Plains Inc plays an important role in providing timely information to the region’s grain and mixed farmers,” Mr Trevethan said.

“I’m looking forward to working with the committee and our farmer members to ensure that Riverine Plains Inc keeps on meeting their needs as well as the expectations of our sponsors and research partners.”

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