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    Lake Bolac Friday 16th February

    9.00am to 1.00pm

    Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre,

    155 Montgomery Street, Lake Bolac #GRDCUpdates


    CAUTION: RESEARCH ON UNREGISTERED PESTICIDE USE Any research with unregistered pesticides or of unregistered products reported in this document does not

    constitute a recommendation for that particular use by the authors, the authors’ organisations or the management committee. All pesticide applications must accord with the currently registered label for that particular pesticide,

    crop, pest and region.

    DISCLAIMER - TECHNICAL This publication has been prepared in good faith on the basis of information available at the date of publication

    without any independent verification. The Grains Research and Development Corporation does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy, reliability, completeness of currency of the information in this publication nor its usefulness

    in achieving any purpose. Readers are responsible for assessing the relevance and accuracy of the content of this publication. The Grains

    Research and Development Corporation will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred or arising by reason of any person using or relying on the information in this publication.

    Products may be identified by proprietary or trade names to help readers identify particular types of products but this is not, and is not intended to be, an endorsement or recommendation of any product or manufacturer referred

    to. Other products may perform as well or better than those specifically referred to.

    Lake Bolac GRDC Farm Business Update convened by ORM Pty Ltd.

    Additional copies of the proceedings can be ordered through ORM for $20 (including postage and GST)

    46 Edward Street PO Box 189 Bendigo VIC 3552

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    Contents Program 5

    SFS information 6

    Choosing and justifying the right sprayer Brett Symes 9 ORM Pty Ltd

    Family farm business decisions – better outcomes Derek Tiller 17 from improved decisions Pinery Grain Producers Pty Ltd

    Characteristics and habits of Top 20% operators Paul Blackshaw 21 Meridian Ag

    Risk management options David Smith 27 ORM Pty Ltd

    Staff performance management Neville Brady 33 Bunch Consulting

    GRDC Southern Regional Panel 37

    GRDC Southern Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) 38

    GRDC Southern Region Key Contacts 39

    Acknowledgments 41

    Evaluation form 43

    GRDC FarmBusiness Update


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    Program 9:00 am Welcome GRDC

    9.10 am Taking a planned approach to investment in David Smith, plant and equipment ORM Pty Ltd

    9.50 am Improved outcomes from better decisions Derrek Tiller, Pinery Grain Growers Pty Ltd

    10.30 am Morning tea

    11.00 am Characteristics and habits of top operators Paul Blackshaw, Meridian Ag

    11.40 am Multi-peril crop insurance update David Smith, ORM Pty Ltd

    12.20 pm Tips for a more productive workforce Neville Brady, Bunch Consulting

    1.00 pm Close and evaluation

    1.05 pm Lunch

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    “sustainable farming systems for the high rainfall zone”

    “Innovative, relevant & profitable cropping research

    for HRZ farmers”

    Southern Farming Systems (SFS) was formed in 1995 by a group of farmers who came together to find ways of making farming in the higher rainfall zone (HRZ) more profitable. SFS now has nearly 500 members in five branches; Geelong, Streatham, Hamilton, Gippsland and northern Tasmania. SFS maintains international affiliations and has a strong link with the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) in New Zealand.

    AgriFocus is the major field day event run by SFS, considered a “must attend” technical event for the HRZ cropping region. Held annually in October over two days; SFS showcase a range of research trials, technical tours and demonstrations. Visitors can talk directly to some of the leading researchers, plant breeders and technical experts in the HRZ, as well as see tractors, crop sprayers, tillage and sowing equipment from our sponsors.

    SFS Annual Results Conference meetings are held during March in Southern Victoria, Gippsland and Tasmania, where the release of the much acclaimed SFS Trials Results book is made available to SFS members.

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    The beginnings

    SFS is one of the largest farming system groups in Victoria, recognised as a premier source of grower driven independent research, centred on the high rainfall zones of southern Victoria.

    Our objectives are to research, develop and communicate the best use of resources, new techniques and technologies for more profitable agriculture; with a specific mission to increase farm profitability and sustainability. SFS will achieve its mission by developing more efficient and better adapted farming systems.

    While SFS maintains strong partnerships with research and extension agencies and with agribusiness, the information provided to members is highly valued for its quality and independence.

    Who and what is SFS?

    SFS membership packages are flexible & offer great value; including regular newsletters & updates of current research projects, copies of our Annual Trial Results book, Free entry to all SFS field days, local crop walks & workshops, as well as access to our exclusive Members Only area of the SFS website for branch specific updates, previous trial report data, SFS weather station data, plus much more!



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    Pastures in Crop Sequences

    Nitrogen Use Efficiency

    Subsoil Amelioration

    New Variety Evaluation Trials

    Rural Finance Crop Challenge

    Managing heavy stubbles in HRZ cropping systems

    Current SFS and collaborative Research Topics

    Building Soil Carbon

    Integrated Weed Management

    Contract Trial Programs Technical Workshops

  • The GRDC’s Farming the Business manual is for farmers and advisers to improve their farm business management skills. It is segmented into three modules to address the following critical questions:

    Module 1: What do I need to know about business to manage my farm business successfully?

    Module 2: Where is my business now and where do I want it to be?

    Module 3: How do I take my business to the next level?

    The Farming the Business manual is available as:

     Hard copy – Freephone 1800 11 00 44 and quote Order Code: GRDC873 There is a postage and handling charge of $10.00. Limited copies available.

     PDF – Downloadable from the GRDC website – or

     eBook – Go to for the Apple iTunes bookstore, and download the three modules and sync the eBooks to your iPad.

    Mike Krause

    Farm ing

    the B usiness

    Module 1

    Mike Krause

    Module 2

    Mike Krause

    Module 3

    Mike Krause

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    Introduction Choosing the right sprayer and justifying its

    ownership cost can be a challenging task. There’s a lot of variables and trade-offs to consider when making the decision, and the importance of each varies from business to business. The sprayer is often the most used implement on the farm, and therefore, it’s important to get the decision right. Taking a structured decision making approach can help take the stress and uncertainty out of making this decision.

    Structured decision making approach Step 1. What spraying tasks and timelines do I need to achieve?

    Spraying objectives, or targets aroun