Last Updated: September 30, 2014

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Going nuts Brits nutty for our macadamias

THEY have always loved our lamb and beef and now it seems mother England can’t get enough of our wine and macadamia nuts.

Brome grass research under way

TWO new University of Adelaide studies will give growers more control options for brome grass.

Plan bee to stop cherry rot

BEES carrying fungicides to cherry blossoms are being used to prevent outbreaks of damaging fruit rot.

Farmers’ market upheaval

Farmers’ market upheaval
ONGOING tension at the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association seen walk-outs and structural changes.

Epping market feud rages

Epping market feud rages
A WAR of words continues over the relocation of the Melbourne Wholesale Market from Footscray to Epping.

Table grape symposium for Mildura

Red And Green Table Grapes
THE Australian Table Grape Association will host the 7th International Table Grape Symposium in November.

Project joins growth industry

Project joins growth industry
HORTICULTURAL students at Werribee Park are learning how to grow fish and vegetables together in half the time.

Almonds lift export figures

THE value of horticultural produce is forecast to rise by 4.5 per cent to $9.5 billion in this financial year.

Asparagus takes flight

EVERY day for the past three weeks Joe Vizzarri has looked at the scowling skies hanging over his asparagus farm.

Maffra jobs New jobs for Maffra

Australian Fresh Salads, Mafrra
THE Victorian Government is spending $200,000 on a salad company which plans to create 20 new jobs.

Alstroemeria September flower

Alstroemeria September flower
SEPTEMBER’S Flowers Victoria flower of the month is the alstroemeria.

Bright idea in light bulbs

Tesselaar Tulip Festival
LIFE’S not all about colour at Tesselaar Tulip Farm.

Gateway strawberries a top pick

Yarra Valley Gateway Estate with Brett Spurling.
THE  Victorian strawberry season won’t start until next month, but people are already picking their own.

Growing sustainable businesses

Sprout Tasmania scholarship
A NEW scholarship program to help local artisan growers develop skills to operate sustainable food businesses will be launched today.

Hay cottons on to new crop

Hay cotton trip
HAY’S history is steeped in wool.

Cotton replaces lettuce crop

Hay cotton trip
JOHN Mirabelli is a former lettuce grower with a taste for cotton.

Lifting the veil on value add

A tree loaded with afourer mandarins at Seven Fields citrus orchard at Red Cliffs, south of Mildura.
NETTING afourer mandarins to ensure they are seedless is the future of value adding for citrus, experts say.

Urban bees may face rules sting

HUMBLE honey production could be in for a revamp in Tasmania.

Lights, camera, crush grapes

Lights, camera, crush grapes
TASMANIAN wine is popular and now some of the state’s  winemakers are to star in a television series.

Busy bees Almond growers abuzz

 26.8.2014. Bee keeper Stephen Hampel at Jim Pierson's almond grove at Virginia. pic tait schmaal.
JIM Pierson is confident that the bees swarming through his Adelaide Plains almond grove signal a big harvest next Autumn.

Australian cider takes off

AUSTRALIAN cider has hit its mark.

New veg seedling for BOOM

New veg seedling for BOOM
BOOMAROO Nurseries has released two new varieties for the home vegie garden.

Wine growers share exit strategies

Wemen winegrape grower Adrian Englefield checks a block of grenache grapes nearing harvest.
OPTIONS for winegrape growers considering exiting the industry were in the spotlight at a forum in Mildura last week.

Epping market squeeze

Melbourne Fruit & Vegetable Wholesale Market. uncertainty & lack of information from the State Government about ...
MELBOURNE market growers and whole­salers have been forced to buy land for warehousing outside the new Epping facility.

Fruit fly control charge

Queensland fruit fly
VICTORIAN and NSW fruit growers have voted to create a new Sunraysia Pest Free Area order.

Wine grape prices hit low

THIS year’s Murray Valley wine grape harvest produced 10 per cent less fruit than last year’s vintage and suffered a drop in value of more than 20 per cent.

Avo trees stripped in Barmera

 Hass avocadoes on the tree. Robinvale wine grape grower Barry Avery is expanding his avocado grove.
THIEVES stole hundreds of kilos of avocados from a South Australian property.

Contaminated fruit at Kyabram

 Quince. Fruit.
UPDATE: A KYABRAM fruit grower has been prosecuted for producing quince contaminated with a fungicide.

Science The ultimate coffee experiment

COFFEE will soon be grown with different levels of caffeine – from zero to superhero.

Innovative idea Garlic smells of success

Garlic Man.
GARLIC guru Nick Diamantopoulos is cooking up a plan that could revolutionise Aussie herb racks.

Yarra Valley PFPP registrations open

Yarra Valley PFPP registrations open
NEW grower registrations for recently-established Yarra Valley Pest Free Places of Production are open.

Bad fire season looms

Bad fire season looms

VICTORIA’S fire season is already shaping up as shocker with two months to go until summer.

Swans savour a rare flag

Goulburn Valley FL, Grand Final, Benalla Saints v Shepparton Swans

AN undermanned Shepparton Swans team withstood a last quarter assault to win the premiership at the weekend.

Cattle producers slam MLA plans

 FARM. Sandy Leatham with her shop 'Hook and Spoon' in Benalla and on farm with her beef cattle.

CATTLE producers have hit out at Meat & Livestock Australia’s plans for the future of the organisation.

US probes ATV safety

 Cars Guide cover for 10th July 2010. ATV Quadbike.

UNITED States consumer authorities are putting the spotlight on ATV safety in a major new inquiry.

Bushie Bob tells drover’s tale

Bushie Bob tells drover’s tale

BARCOO Bob worked as a stockman in central Queensland and his only regret is not wearing pants.

Editor’s Letter: September 2014

Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

I’M not one to be sucked in by outlandish statements or broad generalisations but I just love this one: “Deep down, everyone wants to be a farmer.”