Mildura Weekly : Friday September 2 Vol 10 No 43
news 25 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU Stage set for BCG Field Day VICTORIAN farmers who buy rollo- ver protection for their quad bike, or an alternative work vehicle, will be eligible to claim a rebate from September 1 as part of the Victorian Government’s $6million subsidy scheme. The scheme is designed to re- duce the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by quad bike rollovers, with 22 people killed in quad bike incidents across Australia last year. In Victoria, two farmers died this year after being crushed by their quad bikes. Farmers operating a business in Victoria with no more than 19 full- time employees, who own a quad bike for work purposes and use farming as their main source of income, will be eligible to apply for rebates of up to $1200. Rebates of $1200 for the pur- chase of a safer vehicle such as a side-by-side vehicle (SSV) or a small utility vehicle (SUV) will be covered under the scheme, with the safer vehicle to be used mainly in an agricultural envi- ronment, and at point of sale have rollover protection and a fitted seatbelt Up to $600 will also be avail- able for the purchase of an operator protective device (OPD), which can be claimed on a maximum of two OPDs. An OPD must have been de- signed and manufactured in accor- dance with approved engineering standards, and independently test- ed to be eligible for the rebate. It is expected that up to 5000 farmers will benefit from the scheme over the next two years, with rebates to be available for equipment purchased from Sep- tember 1, with claims to be lodged from October 1. The scheme will be adminis- tered by the Victorian Farmers Fed- eration (VFF) and WorkSafe, with rebates allocated on a first come, first served basis. Further details will be available on the WorkSafe and VFF websites over the coming weeks. VFF vice-president, Brett Hosk- ing, encouraged farmers to “get in early” to protect their families, workers and themselves from the risks of using quad bikes. “It’s an undeniable fact that quad bikes are one of the most dan- gerous pieces of equipment on our farms, and we should all be doing what we can to make them safer or replace them with another vehicle,” he said. Mr Hosking said the VFF was still in the process of recruiting ad- ministrative staff and building a se- cure site and application forms for the scheme. In the meantime, details on farmer eligibility can be found on- line at www.bequadsafe.com.au. BIRCHIP Cropping Group’s main research site will be open for in- spection on September 14 as part of the group’s highly anticipated 2016 Main Field Day. Thanks to substantial win- ter rainfall, the site at Warmur is “looking spectacular,” according to BCG extension manager, Ci- ara Cullen, with close to 20 field trials contributing to a colourful display. Ms Cullen said the field day promises to deliver much more than just an attractive backdrop. “We have a full day planned featuring highly regarded indus- try experts who will talk to farm- ers about a range of agronomic issues and options to improve the profitability of their crops,” she said. The day will get under way with breakfast from 8.15am, be- fore site host Dan Boyle provides an overview of the paddock and his farming enterprise at 9am. Attendees can select from one of four site tours which will visit various research trials where BCG research staff, agricultural scien- tists and leading industry profes- sionals will be on hand to discuss the trials and answer questions. Topics being covered include gypsum management, wheat nu- trition, volunteer cereal control, late glyphosate use in barley, gib- berellic acid in lentils, vetch and oats, pasture systems and hay marketing, canola management, wheat, barley and pulse variety selection, integrated pest man- agement and more. In the afternoon keynote speakers like integrated Har- rington Seed Destructor engi- neer Jud Wheatley (DeBruin Engineering), grain storage spe- cialist Chris Warrick (Primary Business), and Colin Peace from JumbukAg will discuss grain and hay marketing. Afternoon discussions will also feature a presentation on header efficiency and stubble management, with seasonal risk agronomist Dale Grey to deliver a spring climate outlook. Ms Cullen said the BCG team was looking forward to welcom- ing farmers to the annual field day, particularly with the trials looking so healthy this year. “This event is designed to help growers and consultants learn about new agronomic strat- egies, products and opportuni- ties to maximise crop yield and farm profitability,” she said. “But it is also a chance for growers to get off the farm, catch up with friends and neighbours and gain some perspective on the season and harvest which is looming ahead.” The 2016 BCG main field day will be held at Warmur (18kms south-west of Birchip on the Birchip-Warracknabeal road). Entry is free for BCG members ($50 for non-members), with lunch available on site. More information is available by contacting 5492 2787, or visit www.bcg.org.au/events. 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