Last Updated: July 27, 2014

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Victoria’s spud masters

CONTROLLING potato pests and diseases has been an ongoing battle around the world.

Adelaide Hills toasts Winter Reds

WINE lovers can head for the Adelaide Hills this weekend to enjoy the annual Winter Reds festival.

More mango in seedless fruit

Science just made the mango more amazing
SCIENTISTS have fixed the one thing we hate about mangoes by growing a seedless variety of the fruit.

Why our wine’s on the nose

Curly Flat Vineyard, Lancefield. Phillip Moraghan. Grapes. Grapevine. Wine. Red grapes.
AUSTRALIAN wine is suffering from an image problem.

Growers to save power costs

Fruit growers to save energy dollars
CUTTING packing sheds' energy costs was the focus of an APAL industry orchard walk in Ardmona this morning.

Call for farm labour amnesty

 FARM. Andrew Bulmer runs Bulmer's Farm Fresh Veg at Lindenow.
GIPPSLAND business calls for ‘amnesty’ on overseas workers already filling Australian labour shortages.

All about grafting in Werribee

All about grafting in Werribee
GREEN thumbs headed out in droves to Werribee Park on Sunday for its annual grafting day.

Boundary Bend has good oil

Business Beat - Boundary Bend Olives
OLIVE Oil producer Boundary Bend has capped a historic period by being crowned Geelong’s Business of the Year.

Time to clean up the rooms

Time to clean up the rooms
A RURAL council has called for a coordinated approach to stamp out illegal rooming houses for seasonal farm workers.

New chair for fruit fly body

Reproduced with the kind permission of Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries Fruit fly
FRUIT fly control has been given a boost with a new chair of Fruit Fly Biology at the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre

Robots to combat weeds

Robots to combat weeds
FARMERS will soon be able to employ robots to attack one of their most costly problems – weeds.

Boarding houses probed

Boarding houses probed
NINE homes housing more than 100 foreign workers in a Gippsland shire in unregistered boarding houses.

NBN switched on in NT

 Greg Meyer shows some early crop at his mango farm in Middle Arm, Darwin, July 30, 2009.
MANGO grower Ross Maxwell’s NT farm owners live in the US, but the NBN now connects them.

Northern wines tempt tipplers

Northern wines tempt tipplers
TAMAR Valley wine growers Marion Semmens and Rita Richter have two big passions.

Slow spraying key to no till

 Weed spraying guru Bill Gordon speaks to growers at the Vic No-Till Farmers Association workshop at Rupanyup. By KATE DOWLER...
SLOW down and smell the roses. Or, slow down and let the herbicide droplets reach the plants.

US fruit fly expert brings wisdom

Queensland fruit fly
IN-FIELD control is the future of fruit fly management, according to one of the world’s leading experts.

Flower of the month — daffodil

 Beautiful spring three flowers : yellow-white narcissus (Daffod Picture: Supplied
JULY’S Flowers Victoria flower of the month is the daffodil.

Threat to block levy rises

Senator Leyonhjelm
A KEY balance of power Senator is threatening to block an increase in horticultural levies.

Poisons cut bird numbers

neonicotinoid pesticides and birds
A STUDY has identified a link between declines in farmland bird populations and use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

National Fruit Fly Advisory takes off

National Fruit Fly Advisory takes off
AUSTRALIAN fruit fly management of fruit fly in Australia is forging ahead with the new National Fruit Fly Advisory Committee now underway.

Poor returns for vegie growers

 Close up photo of a basket of turnips and carrots.
UPDATE: AUSTRALIAN vegetable growers are continuing to do it tough with average profits plummeting, according to the latest data.

Health star system not right

Spread of vegetables. Food. Generic image.
MANY vegetables still do not receive a full rating under the new voluntary Health Star Rating System.

Canola spray wiping out bees

Canola spray wiping out bees
A WESTERN yellow virus outbreak in canola crops has proved dangerous for the struggling bee industry.

Joyce talks through grower gripes

Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce in Gippsland
IRRIGATION investment, water and labour security were top concerns when Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce visited Maffra yesterday.

Bear goes on a truffle hunt

FARM: Yarra Valley Truffles
AMERICAN Bulldog Bear will show off his truffle-hunting skills at the Truffle Melbourne Festival.

Potato growers dig in

 Terry Buckley, potato and lamb producer, Pleasant Park, SA.
SOUTH Australian potato growers are “surviving” after the closure of McCain’s Penola plant last year.

Hops on top of the world

Hops harvest - Farmer manager Allan Monshing
A RISE in craft beer has Victoria’s hops growing industry poised to cash-in on worldwide demand.

New phylloxera funding announced

 n24le214 b1; 2/2 (supplied) Grape phylloxera is an insect that mainly lives and feeds on the roots of grapevines
FUNDING for a new two-year phylloxera research project has been announced.

NZ wine bonanza leaves bad taste

Lindsay McCall, Paringa Estate
WINEMAKERS have urged the government to close a tax loophole that allows foreign winemakers to claim a ­rebate.

Berry growers’ water concerns

Strawberry Growers Toolangi.
VICFORESTS is working to understand farmers’ concerns about harvesting in the Toolangi area.

Log off, pleads berry co-op

Strawberry Growers Toolangi.
STRAWBERRY growers fear the Victorian industry could be crippled by native forest logging.

Charlton feedlot sold

 Charlton Feedlot. Charlton. Steve Reynolds. Manager.

UPDATE: ALL the current staff at the Charlton Feedlot will keep their jobs.

Lavington Panthers on the prowl

 Ovens & Murray FL. Round 1. Yarrawonga v Lavington Panthers at Mulwala. Nick Lawless, 44 , Yarrawonga & Chaz Sa...

LAVINGTON claimed top spot on the Ovens and Murray ladder with a win over Albury today.

Call for farm labour amnesty

 FARM. Andrew Bulmer runs Bulmer's Farm Fresh Veg at Lindenow.

GIPPSLAND business calls for ‘amnesty’ on overseas workers already filling Australian labour shortages.

Antique machine rolls on


ECHUCA’S Adam Auditori sells 1906 Foden traction engine to pay for steam engine restoration base.

Bald Archy, works on show

 Bald Archies Convenor Peter Batey at the TAP gallery in Darlinghurst as some of this years works are hung. The Bald Archies,...

BENALLA never guessed what it was unleashing on the world with its hometown boy Peter Batey.