Last Updated: September 19, 2014

Weather: Canberra -2°C - 17°C . Sunny.

Maffra jobs New jobs for Maffra

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.

Asparagus looking good

Asparagus looking good
SPRING has sprung and so have asparagus spears.

Climate change warning

Climate change warning
FARMERS must embrace “climate-smart agriculture” or millions will starve, a World Bank official says.

Weighty produce Growing 2kg citrus is easy — just ask Nikos

Giant grapfruit in Seaton - Niki and Niko Tsatsos
WEIGHING in at more than 2kg, there’s no doubt this is a big grapefruit.

First crop First mangoes sell at $1300 a pop

Mango Auction
A JUICY burst of summer went under the hammer yesterday as the first crate of mangoes attracted spirited bidding.

A blossoming success

Blossoms at Rayners Stonefruit Orchard
LEN Rayner grows 350 varieties of fruit at Rayners Stonefruit orchard at Woori Yallock and they’re all in blossom.

Bairnsdale farmers battle bats

Apple grower & bats
GREY-HEADED flying foxes have inundated Bairnsdale, causing production losses for farmers.

A good year for citrus

A good year for citrus
IT’S been a good year for citrus as harvests draw to a close.

Growers welcome poppy deal

TASMANIA is not about to see its lucrative opium poppy industry go interstate.

Senate to hear levy case

Senator David Leyonhjelm
A WIDE-ranging review of Australia’s agricultural levy system is poised to be launched by the Senate.

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.

New blood fights for first flag


THE Geelong Football League will crown a first-time premier regardless of this weekend’s grand final result.

Emerald Grain buys up Ardlink

 AWB Grain Handling. Harvest. Sea Lake.

EMERALD Grain is buying the Ardlink grain storage and receival site at Ardlethan in NSW.

Axion 800 in a Claas of its own

 Axion 800 Claas tractor, built in France, former Renault factory, just won tractor of year and machine of year, 2013, at Agr...

VICTORIAN and southern NSW producers at Henty will be the first to see the all-new Claas Axion 800.

Easy life, easy rider

Grasshopper Advntures

JASON Williams turned a few thousand dollars on his credit card into a successful business.

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.”