Farming systems group Riverine Plains will host its first Pulse Check Discussion Group meeting, focusing on lentil and chickpea production, at Dookie next week.
Riverine Plains Pulse Check facilitator Michelle Pardy said the discussion group brought together local growers, advisers and experts, with the aim of assisting growers manage the practical aspects of lentil and chickpea production and marketing.
‘‘To date, lentils and chickpeas have been grown across a fairly limited area of southern NSW and north-east Victoria, though their potential has led to significant interest from grain growers wanting to be involved in high value pulse crop production,’’ Ms Pardy said.
‘‘As part of GRDC’s Southern Pulse Extension Project, Riverine Plains Inc has established a Pulse Check Discussion Group to address this interest.
‘‘Participants in the group can learn about whether these crops are suitable for their systems, help manage their production and marketing issues and increase pulse productivity and profitability.
‘‘The group will be especially beneficial to growers with limited lentil and chickpea production experience.’’
The first Pulse Check paddock walk and discussion is being timed to address pre-harvest and harvesting issues.
Topics include crop topping, header set-up, managing header fire risks, harvest logistics, retaining seed, storage, marketing and paddock selection for next year.
‘‘While this first meeting is primarily focused on harvest issues, we will be running three to four meetings per year across north-east Victoria and southern NSW for the next few years as part of the ongoing larger project, covering a wide variety of topics such as sowing, varieties, paddock selection and disease management,’’ Ms Pardy said.
The Pre-Harvest Pulse Check Paddock Walk and discussion will be held at the Ludeman brothers’ property, 334 Ludeman Rd, Waggarandall (Dookie) from 9.30am to noon on Thursday, October 19.
■To register for Riverine Plains’ Pulse Check Discussion Group for north-east Victoria and southern NSW, phone Michelle Pardy on 5744 1713 or email: email@example.com
The Southern Pulse Extension project is being delivered by a consortium of organisations involved in the pulse industry across Grains Research and Development Corporation’s southern region and provides a collaborative opportunity to increase the knowledge of growers and advisers on sustainable pulse production.
Riverine Plains is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer-driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern NSW.
■For more information, or to become a member, visit: www.riverineplains.org.au