NEW demand for brussels sprouts in South Korea could create significant export opportunities for Australian growers.
The Korean market wants a consistent supply of the vegetable for use in hotels, department stores and on cruise ships.
AusVeg said Australian brussels sprouts were capable of fulfilling this demand and ensuring the consistency of supplies, particularly during the off-season in the northern hemisphere.
Expressions of interest were due Friday.
THE Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has published its final decision regarding a decade-long review of the herbicide diuron.
Most agricultural uses of diuron have been continued but with significant changes to their conditions of use. It will no longer be approved for some uses on citrus, apples, pears, ornamental plants and tropical crops, including tea, coffee and paw paw.
Diuron may no longer be used on peas, but is approved for asparagus.
In September, it was reported that some uses of diuron could pose a risk to aquatic environments through run-off.
Growers using diuron have been advised to consult apvma.gov.au to review the changes.
CSIRO has launched a new iPad application containing Australia's national soil databases. The app gives information such as soil depth and acidity to help farmers make quick decisions about their property.
The app was used at the Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference in Hobart last week, prior to National Soil Day.
MANGO sap burn has caused 77 pickers to be hospitalised in the Northern Territory.
A hospital in Katherine said it had seen a large number of people with burns, which are similar to dermatitis.
Hospital medical services director Dr Kelvin Billinghurst said the burn's effect could be severe and workers needed to take precautions by wearing long clothes while picking.
"Last year we had to send a couple of people up to Darwin, one of which required skin grafting to the fingers," he said.
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