The Riverina Plains spring series of the Stubble Project will continue through October, with paddock walks in Yarrawonga and Dookie on October 11.
Foundation for Arable Research Australia senior field research officer Michael Straight and Riverine Plains’ Cassandra Schefe will speak at the paddock walks, which will focus on disease status and nitrogen response under various stubble management options.
Research and extension officer Dr Schefe said the walks would explore several stubble management techniques.
‘‘Stubble management is a major challenge for grain farmers in this region and the project trials compare the performance of stubble management techniques including mulching, incorporation, burning and standing stubble,’’ she said.
‘‘This is the final year of large-scale on-farm trials for this project, and (these) spring paddock walks provide an opportunity for growers to visit these trial sites and see how crops sown under the different stubble management techniques are responding to the current seasonal conditions.
‘‘The lack of rainfall over the past month or so, combined with frost damage across the region, means that yield potential is highly variable, so these paddock walks also present an opportunity for farmers and advisers to come together to discuss frost risk and moisture availability under the different techniques, as well as nitrogen response this season.’’
■Yarrawonga paddock walk: Wednesday, October 11 from 10am to noon at Telewonga Pty Ltd, 292 Reillys Rd, Yarrawonga.
■Dookie paddock walk: Wednesday, October 11 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Ludeman brothers’ farm on Dookie-Devenish Rd, Dookie. The entrance gate is between Dookie-Nalinga Rd and Proctors Rd.
■To register for the events, or for more information, phone the Riverine Plains office on 5744 1713 or email: [email protected]