• Jason Regan

Birchip Cropping Group to host Harvester Forums

Birchip Cropping Group has received the go-ahead from the state government to host a series of Harvester Forums across the North and West of Victoria next month.


The face-to-face workshops, which will run from 9am – 1pm with lunch provided, will provide growers and advisors hands-on training in harvester set-up to minimise losses and get more grain in the bin.



The Harvester Forums are funded by GRDC and will be facilitated by the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG)

BCG Spokesperson Tom Draffen said the practical and interactive forums will provide an opportunity for grower discussion on how harvest losses can be accurately measured and how to identify where losses are occurring.


"The more people with more experience we can get to these forums to share their information with younger growers the better," said Draffen.
"That's what these sessions are all about and why GRDC invest in them because they are opportunities for growers to share their ideas and share solutions to problems that are common amongst other producers in their region".


The forums also have a key focus on options for harvest weed seed control and how to get the best benefit for hard to control weeds whilst maintaining the efficiency of operations, as well as minimising risks of harvester fires.


The project is being led by Primary Sales, with project management support from BCG, and will be delivered nationally with forums and workshops held across the southern, northern and western grain-growing regions.


Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has funded this national project ‘Optimising harvest losses, efficiency and weed seed control; and capacity building for future delivery’ otherwise known as the Harvester Set-Up Project.


The forums will be held across Northern and Western Victoria between October 11 and 15. The locations of each session and details on how to RSVP can be found via the BCG website.