Sykesy’s Buraja meeting

January 31, 2018

Attendees at the 2017 Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting

Riverine Plains Inc invites growers to attend Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting, to be held this Thursday, February 1.  

The meeting is an opportunity for local farmers to discuss the harvest that was, the lessons learnt from 2017 and the challenges likely to arise in the season ahead.  This event continues the tradition started by the late John Sykes and is named in his honour.
Riverine Plains Inc Executive Officer, Fiona Hart says that this long-standing event is important for the grain growing community, because it provides a forum to discuss last year’s experiences, which in-turn helps in planning for the coming season.
“The 2017 growing season was highly variable, with dry conditions, frost and weather damage affecting growers differently across the region. This has created a range of management scenarios leading into 2018, which we aim to discuss on the day,” Fiona said.
The day will start with a post-harvest debrief session, facilitated by Chris Minehan from Rural Management Strategies. Chris will also address key aspects of preparing for the year ahead.
Using results from the local National Variety Trials (NVT) and the Riverine Research Centre at Yarrawonga, Nick Poole from FAR Australia will speak on regional wheat variety performance and options for planting in autumn 2018.
David Burch from NSW DPI will speak on barley varieties, while Phil Bowden from Pulse Australia will address pulse prospects for 2018. Rosie Dye from IK Caldwell will discuss Canola varieties and Ben McClusky from MarketCheck will provide a grain marketing update.
A GRDC Southern NSW Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) Meeting will follow lunch (start time approximately 1:15pm), facilitated by GRDC RCSN Southern NSW Coordinator and Rural Management Strategies consultant Chris Minehan.
This open forum is a chance for anyone involved in the grains industry to raise issues, constraints and opportunities relevant to the local industry. It is also an opportunity to hear about investments and activities the GRDC is making to improve profitability for growers in southern NSW.
Sykesy’s Buraja Meeting will be held at the Buraja Recreational Ground Hall, commencing at 9am sharp until 12:30pm.  All are welcome to this free event and a BBQ lunch will be provided afterwards. No RSVP is necessary.
For more information please contact Fiona Hart at [email protected] or phone (03) 5744 1713 or visit the website at

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