Last Updated: August 23, 2014

Weather: Canberra 2°C - 16°C . Sunny periods developing.

Camellia festival a blooming success

UPDATE: THE iconic Mount Waverley camellia festival blossomed over the weekend.

Netting benefits for apples

Apple Grower
GROWING apples under netting results in significant savings in irrigation but is creating new challenges.

GMO on plate at Int Horti Congress

Genetically modified bananas
WITH only a few exceptions, genetically modified crops have benefited farmers, especially in terms of increased yields, experts say.

Greens ‘have farmers’ backs’

 Generic image of three onions isolated on the white background.
THE Greens are being hailed as industry saviours following a decision to support a rise in horticultural levies.

New Wafex flower scents

New Wafex flower scents
NATIVE flower company Wafex launched a new retail brand at the National Flower Centre today.

Sweet spring blooms in season

Sweet spring blooms in season
THE August “flower of the month” is the sweet pea.

Beekeepers fight for fair fire deal

Bee Keeper -VFF bee branch president Eilieen McDonald
VICTORIAN apiarists want their bees to be treated the same as four-legged livestock during bushfires.

Ciders take on nation's best

TASMANIAN cider producers will show off their best in next month’s Australian Cider Awards.

Poppies for Victoria

Flowering poppy crops at Wesley Vale, east of Devonport, in northern Tasmania. Crops are used for opium production.
ABOUT 50 Victorian farms could soon be legally planting narcotic poppy crops.

Biosecurity board tours Vic

ViCSPA pic story
BIOSECURITY officials have toured two Victorian biosecurity operations today.

Beetle faces crap job in wine region

 Bubas bubalus adult dung beetle - CSIRO
HOLDING a wine glass in one hand and swatting away flies with the other could be a thing of the past.

A tasty kale idea sprouts

A tasty kale idea sprouts
AUSTRALIAN super foodies can add another vegie to their hipster plates — kale sprouts.

Big turnout at Int Horti Congress

Big turnout at Int Horti Congress
MORE than 3000 delegates from 100 countries have turned out at the International Horticulture Congress in Brisbane.

Wafex picks up gongs in US

Blushing Bride flowers with John Campbell
NATIVE cut flower grower, wholesaler and marketer Wafex won big at the Society of American Florists outstanding varieties competition in the US last week.

Truffle range growing fast

Tamar truffles
TASMANIANS with a taste for truffles can now get their culinary fix year round.

Championing old sowing ways

Championing old sowing ways
WIMMERA farmer Stephen Walter has become an unlikely defender of old-fashioned crop cultivation.

NZ potato boss’ new focus

NZ potato boss’ new focus
NEW ZEALAND wants to replicate dairy company Fonterra’s success in commodities like horticulture.

Gippsland horti students harvest big

Gippsland horti students harvest big
HORTICULTURE students from Community College Gippsland have harvested their first crop of hydroponically-grown bokchoy — and it’s a whopper.

Independents push for hemp

MPs join forces to push for Australian farmers to grow industrial hemp for human consumption.

Almond industry blossoms

 Rob Pelletier's Tree Nursery at Beaufort. Almond Chellaston Blossom.
THE Australian almond industry is the country’s most valuable horticultural export industry.

Eyes on potato exports

Eyes on potato exports
AUSTRALIA’S potato industry has been challenged to change its thinking when comes to exporting.

Market growers get stands

 Melbourne Fruit & Vegetable Wholesale Market. uncertainty & lack of information from the State Government about...
GROWERS have finally been allocated their stands at the Melbourne Wholesale Market.

Mushy levy argument escalates

Gippsland Mushrooms
A CAMPAIGN to bring down a horticultural levy rise could have dangerous impacts on the wider system.

Tomato deal Growers in SPC-Woolies loop

Growers in SPC-Woolies loop
EXCLUSIVE: SPC Ardmona will deal direct with Victorian tomato growers for the first time in seven years.

City’s growth a challenge

City’s growth a challenge
KEY horticulture industries on Melbourne’s fringe are “under threat from urban sprawl”.

Rhu Bru keeping beet in Apple Isle

 Razz Rhubarb, brewer Holger Ostersen, who is in charge of the beverage side of the business, with some of the state's newest...
HOLGER Ostersen and Jan Hughes produce their range of rhubarb and beetroot juice.

Botanic garden’s boutique beer

Taste Cover story: Melbourne Craft Beer
ADELAIDE’S historic botanic garden has proved an unlikely crop source for a new boutique beer.

Scrap over food labelling

A PEAK horticulture body criticises authorities for failing to enforce country-of-origin food labelling laws.

Marketing gives spuds a lift

 Vegetables at Coles supermarket. Loose brushed potatoes. Potato.
A $1.5 million marketing investment helped Western Australian potato growers boost consumption by 2000 tonnes in sales in  2013-14.

GROWING KALE Demand drives kale seed shortage

KALE Corrigan's Farms - Deborah Corrigan at Clyde
KALE is taking off.

Ugly fruit debate rages

Ugly fruit debate rages
NO ONE wants to buy them — the ugly fruit and vegetables you pick up and put back down.

Trout troubles run deep


IT used to be one of the most highly anticipated weekends of the year.

Picola opens its books

Country footy merger

PICOLA and District president Shane Railton says the league will continue to look at options to expand its competitions.

Cambodia eyes Aussie cattle

The announcement by Federal Government to halt live cattle export to Indonesia is going to have a negative impact on the Nort...

CAMBODIA is expected to be opened as a new market for Australian cattle.

Massey Ferguson show and tell

Massey Ferguson show and tell

NEW Massey Ferguson tractor and farm machinery ranges will be revealed at the Vision of the Future Expo.

Extra special visit to Horsham

Extra special visit to Horsham

WHEN Jerilderie-born Rosalie Ham signed up to have her book The Dressmaker made into a movie, she had a couple of clauses.

Editor’s letter: August 2014

Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

IN case you’ve ever wondered how important branding is, you only have to listen to Rita Bikins from Red Rock Olive oil at Pomonal to know the truth.