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Riverine Plains spring update

Nitrogen management, disease control and the weather will be on the agenda at next week's spring update.

August 6, 2014 3:02am

To assist farmers in their upcoming Spring planning and decision making, Riverine Plains will host its annual In-Season Update at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort on Wednesday August 13.

‘‘It’s certainly been an interesting winter cropping season to date,’’ said Riverine Plains Chair and Barooga farmer, John Bruce said.

‘‘So far we have seen damage from pests that have previously been more or less benign, weve got new pressure from a rare canola disease and weve experienced a very wet start to the season” he said.

‘‘And these and other variables are acting together to complicate farm management in a way that we havent really experienced before.’’

‘‘For this reason, we’ve set an Update program that will give border-region growers the chance to hear about the seasons main challenges from people who have either spent many years researching the issues or from people who have had the most experience to date on the topic” said John.

Rob Harris, from DEPI Hamilton, will present on pitrogen management.

Growers will also hear the most up-to-date information on the previously rare canola disease Beet Western Yellows Virus (BWYV) which has had a sudden and often devastating impact in canola in western Victoria this year.

Other speakers include Dale Grey, DEPIs Senior Seasonal Variability Agronomist from Bendigo, who will update farmers on the anticipated seasonal conditions for spring, and 2012 local Nuffield Scholar from Rutherglen, Ashley Fraser.

Ashley focussed his studies on seed coating technology and will share some of his scholarship travel experiences as well as how he is further developing this technology.

The Update will be held at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort in Golf Club Road Mulwala on Wednesday 13th August 13 from 9am to 1.30pm with registrations starting at 8.30am. The day will conclude at lunch time to allow participants to attend to other jobs in the afternoon.

Pre-registrations for the In Season Update must be received by August 11. Cost is $25 for Riverine Plains members and $35 for non-members (payable on the day) and includes catering. To register, contact Fiona Hart at or phone 03 5744 1713 or visit

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