Last Updated: March 06, 2015

Weather: Canberra 8°C - 25°C . Mostly sunny.


Get your spuds at Thorpdale

FOR a small growing area, the Thorpdale potato region punches above its weight.

Ag courses in favour

Ag courses in favour

UPDATE: AGRICULTURAL enrolments are up at universities across the country.

Clearer labels on the table

SPC Sliced Peaches

SMALL business told to embrace a clearer country-of-origin labelling to end “misleading” claims of rivals.

‘Don’t hit food processors’

Bruce Billson and Gary Dawson

THE Australian Food and Grocery Council says it’s open to a better country-of-origin labelling system but “the balance must be right”.

Koala takes a stroll in Portland

Koala takes a stroll in Portland

A KOALA has been caught on camera sauntering down the main street of a Victorian coastal town.

Hard times in the bush for NSW

 Train line where grain and wheat are currently transported along (just outside of Dubbo).

CITY people who complain about their transport shouldn’t, Deputy Premier Troy Grant has said on his pre-election tour of rural NSW.

Muir breaks Senate silence

Senate Chamber

REVHEAD Senator Ricky Muir has slammed the Government for being out of touch in his maiden speech to Parliament.

Go it alone: Fletcher

Peppin-Shaw 2015 - day 2

SHEEP and wool producers need to go it alone and create their own industry body.

Sapphire creditor hits out at ASIC

 15/12/2003. Grain harvest Wimmera-Mallee, Walpeup, grain elevator. Wheat dleivered to Mallee bunker.

A CREDITOR of Sapphire (SA) Pty Ltd has slammed ASIC for not stepping in to investigate the grain trader failing its first payment deadline.

Hockey approves Primo sale

Tasmanian Beef Producer of the Year Award

PRIMO Group’s $1.45 billion takeover by global food giant JBS has been rubberstamped by Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Drought drives water sales

Central Victorian drought

UPDATE: FARMERS across most of western and north-western Victoria are facing a grim situation.

Lost Trades on show in Kyneton

TRADIES from across Australia will gather in Kyneton this weekend for the second annual Lost Trades Fair.

Fire, dry don’t deter hazelnutters

CARON and Peter Fraser have every right to be disenchanted with hazelnut farming.

Lambing shift boosts wool clip

A CHANGE in lambing time has improved Ray Young’s wool clip.

See rigs in action at Elmore

MANUFACTURERS will bring their tillage, boomspray and sowing equipment to the Elmore Events Centre.

Wimmera Machinery Field Days

The Wimmera Machinery Field Days showcased a huge range of equipment.


Towns need the gas cash

Towns need the gas cash

PUMPING cheap Bass Strait gas into country towns and cities has been a government plan for 20 years.

Nat’s day of reckoning

 The Murray Darling Basin Plan announcement at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. Danny O'Brien, CEO of National Irr...

IF THE National Party isn’t already worried about the Gippsland South by-election, it should be.

School closure heartbreak

School closure heartbreak

THE loss of a community school is the most heartbreaking, soul destroying and devastating blow.

Mercury soars in Birdsville

Birdsville Hot Weather Mother

A HEATWAVE is searing western Queensland and Birdsville is a chance of smashing the record for its hottest ever March day.

Climate change Proof Australia is getting hotter

Think Hot

THERE’S no point in denying it: Australia is getting hotter, and it’s not going to stop. And here’s the proof.

Editor's Choice

Nature’s true colours revealed

Nature’s true colours revealed

WHAT makes a woman spend hundreds of hours, collecting leaves, bark, flowers, vegetables and fruits?

Let’s talk about hunting

Supplied Editorial Caption: Nicolle Flint is the new Tuesday columnist for The Advertiser.

LIKE many Australians, I’m disappointed with former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath.

National weather

Lake Cooper

Fish kill at Lake Cooper, February, 2015


Croc steals barra

These fisherman were shocked when a massive crocodile came from nowhere and stole their barra. Courtesy: Sean Evans FB


Tick for new malting varieties

Grain Harvest

TWO new barley varieties have been approved for malting.

Europe free-for-all poses Aussie risk

Europe free-for-all poses Aussie risk

THE anticipated removal of European milk production limits arrives this month.

Banana farmers in lockdown

Banana farmers in lockdown

THE Tully banana farmer at the centre of the Panama disease scare remains optimistic his crops don’t carry the fungus.

Hicks Beef, March 5: Prices up

Hicks Beef, March 5: Prices up

COMPOSITE bulls sold to $6500 twice at the Hicks Beef bull sale near Holbrook today.

Coolana, March 5: $14,500 top

Coolana, March 5: $14,500 top

ANGUS bulls sold to a top of $14,500 at Coolana at Chatsworth today.

Mortlake, March 4: Average up

Angus cows and calves. Team Te Mania Angus cows and calves. Generic cattle

TE MANIA Angus increased their average by almost $2000 at their annual autumn bull sale at Mortlake today.

New Disco dances to the top

New Disco dances to the top

THE Claas Disco 9200 front-and-rear mower combination has been named Machine of the Year.

Rubin 12 makes Australian debut

Rubin 12 makes Australian debut

A NEW model compact disc harrow has its first public showing at the Elmore Tillage and Cropping Day.

Strip tilling solution

Strip tilling solution

ONE alternative to no-till seeding or complete tillage is strip tilling, where only the seed rows are cultivated.

Picture Perfect pony tops show

VICTORIANS had a lot to celebrate at the Royal Canberra Show.

Weekly Times Horse news

Dog trainer done ‘nothing wrong’

SA Greyhound racing at Angle Park

PROMINENT Queensland greyhound trainer Greg Stella insists he has done nothing wrong amid the live baiting scandal.

Footy is good for us: survey

FOOTY: Auskick Superclinic

A LANDMARK report out today has found the benefits of community football extend beyond the physical health of players.

Lalbert mourns favourite son

Lalbert mourns favourite son

UPDATE: THE Lalbert community has been plunged into mourning after the death of a Mallee Eagles footballer.

Towns need the gas cash

Towns need the gas cash

PUMPING cheap Bass Strait gas into country towns and cities has been a government plan for 20 years.

Liberal state director quits

State Election 2006, Liberal Party State Secretary Damien Mantach at the advertisement campaign launch

VICTORIAN Liberal Party state director Damien Mantach has revealed he will step down from the top job next week.

Plenty of ‘shroom to move

FOCUS: Fresh Fields Mushrooms

THE last three growers who owned the mushroom production shed at Avenel went hit some big hurdles.

Hayley and Nam’s new plan

BEING born on a sinking boat as the child of refugee parents is an experience that tends to shape your world view.

Weekly Times Travel News

Watering can beat heat

 Watering cans on a bench in a garden.

MOST plants with large, soft leaves rapidly lose enormous amounts of moisture during hot sunny days.

Don’t let them bug you

Don’t let them bug you

SOME garden pests have a distinctly weird appearance. Scales are a good example.

How to grow corn

Peter Cundall

IT PROBABLY seems a bit weird, but most sweetcorn patches should occasionally become a bog garden at this maturing stage.

Frittatas fit for frivolity

CL Jeremy Vincent Food

FRITTATAS are easy food all year round, and are especially suited to the warm summer nights.

Coconut ice slab

Coconut ice slab

THIS iced coconut slab is simple to make and tastes delicious.

Quail a game changer

CL Jeremy Vincent Food

NEVER tried game before? Perhaps you thought it was too difficult to cook, but it’s not.

Unwanted chattel is a real battle

LAST year we had the story of a blackbuck antelope that had adopted a western Victorian dairy herd as family.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Cow wears a heart on its head

Cow wears a heart on its head

HOW’s this for a bit of hearty beef?

Can’t find a cow bell?

Can’t find a cow bell?

“So whaddya think of my new look? I call it the Pirelli pendant.”

The changing face of Gippsland

The changing face of Gippsland

THE search to find a new face for The Nationals in Gippsland South has stepped up this week.

The height of wonder

 MARCH 17, 2004: Hiker looks across the pink and ochre-washed vistas of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, 17/03/04. Pic Michael Peri...

IT’S probably fair to say that until recently not too many Australians had heard of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Sri Lanka, a taste of paradise

HIKKADUWA, SRI LANKA - JUNE 26: A tourist walks along the empty Hikkaduwa beach, past a palm tree bent over from the tsunami ...

IT WAS one of my more surreal travel moments.

Castles on the river

Castles on the river

HISTORIC Europe beckons, with The Weekly Times Travel Club’s Grand European river cruising tour

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