Wimmera farmers and advisers are being invited to one of four hay workshops being delivered by Agriculture Victoria and the Wimmera Farming Network next month.
The events – at Winiam, Wallup, Noradjuha and Navarre – will feature fodder expert Colin Peace of Jumbuk Consulting, along with Agriculture Victoria’s seasonal risk agronomists, Dale Boyd and Dale Grey.
Mr Peace has over 20 years’ experience in the Australian fodder industry, with expertise in grain and hay marketing and the use of straw for bioenergy feedstock.
He will discuss strategies for farmers to maximise the yield, quality and price of hay crops for domestic and export markets.
Agriculture Victoria Land Management Extension Officer Heather Drendel said that the workshops will give farmers confidence to include hay as a planned enterprise in their crop rotations.
“Along with other benefits, cutting crops for hay provides an alternative source of income, and helps control herbicide-resistant weeds.”
Mr Boyd will discuss the latest soil moisture measurements for the region, while Mr Grey (pictured below) will provide an update on the spring climate forecast.
This activity is supported by the Wimmera Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator and Wimmera CMA through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
The workshops will be held at
Winiam Hall - Monday 16 September - 2pm to 5pm
Wallup Hall - Tuesday 17 September - 9am to 12pm
Noradjuha Hall - Tuesday 17 September - 2.30pm to 5pm
Navarre Recreation Reserve - Wednesday 18 September - 9.30am to 12pm