Last Updated: November 27, 2014

Weather: Canberra 9°C - 23°C . Partly cloudy.

Melons await big heat

WAYNE Mason has been growing melons for more than 20 years.

Growers to decide levy spending

Salad Field Days
GROWERS paying horticulture levies will soon have a direct say in how their money is spent.

‘Tornado’ hits farms at Gol Gol

‘Tornado’ hits farms at Gol Gol
UPDATE: MILLIONS of dollars of damage was done to horticultural properties near Mildura when a tornado-like storm hit on the weekend.

Citrus vote closes Friday

A tree loaded with afourer mandarins at Seven Fields citrus orchard at Red Cliffs, south of Mildura.
VICTORIAN citrus growers have until Friday to cast their votes to determine the level of their national levy investment.

Creswick flower show blooms

Creswick flower show blooms
THE Creswick Garden Club Flower Show enjoyed a sunny weekend.

Red faces

Bacchus Marsh Strawberry and Cherry Weekend
NATE and Chaz Jones had a berry good time at Bacchus Marsh at the weekend.

Fiji ginger imports review hastened

 26/03/2001 PIRATE: 17/03/2001. Food - ginger root.
THE import conditions for Fijian ginger will be revisited following the start of trade earlier this year.

Mango exports set to double

 Everyone�s favourite fruit (mangoes) will soon come into season in the Far North. Warren Jonsson's chats about ...
AUSTRALIA is aiming to double its mango exports.

Almond giant posts $29m profit

Select Harvests managing director Paul Thompson at the company's Thomastown plant. with almonds.
AUSTRALIAN almond giant Select Harvests has posted a net profit of $29 million for 2013-14.

New approach to grapevine disease

New approach to grapevine disease
GRAPEVINE trunk disease could be controlled by prevention techniques and certain combinations of root stock and varietals.

Plenty of cherries for China

TASMANIAN cherries will be gracing more Asian tables in a deal with a Chinese investor.

Tiny bug big threat to hives

 PIRATE: 01 Nov 2002 Comparative size between a bee, its sting (L) and a small hive beetle. PicJohn/Wilson pests insects beet...
THE Australian beekeeping industry is being hit hard by small hive beetle.

Spotlight on Katherine mango farms

 Box of mangoes. mango fruit /Fruit
NORTHERN Territory mango farms will be investigated by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

AHEA ‘cautious’ about China FTA

 New retail store 'Fresh Produce'. Fruit. Veg. Dried Fruit. Peaches and nectarines
THE Australian Horticultural Exporters Association has “cautiously” welcomed the China free-trade agreement.

Melon virus threat country wide

Melon virus threat country wide
VICTORIAN melon growers have been warned to look out for the devastating cucumber green mottle mosaic virus.

Northern growers’ sweet spot

Michael Tripodi. Red Land Orchards.
STONE fruit season is off to a flying start in Victoria’s north.

China FTA a ripper for horticulture

China FTA a ripper for horticulture
ALL trade tariffs on horticultural products exported to China will be eliminated under the new China FTA.

Twiggy’s Brand Australia

Andrew Forrest
ADVERTISING guru Harold Mitchell will drive Australia’s new universal food brand.

Woolies cleared in Jamie campaign

The new Woolworths supermarket logo.
THE competition watchdog has cleared Woolworths over allegations it pressured growers to fund its Jamie Oliver marketing campaign.

Cherries ripe for picking

Cherrybrook cherry farm
PICKING is in full swing at Cherrybrook Cherry Farm, with the owners enjoying a medium but juicy harvest.

Berry crops are cherry ripe

Strawberry and Cherry Season Launch
THE sweetest of berries will be ready and ripe for picking when visitors hit Bacchus Marsh next weekend.

Grape growing in a new climate

7th International Table Grape Symposium
MORE than 320 table people from 20 countries have travelled to Mildura for the Table Grape Symposium.

Plastic that turns to mulch

Australian Bio-Plastics
JOE Gagliardi was working in the automotive industry when he noticed the waste plastic left behind by the horticulture industry.

Citrus expands Asian export market

FARM - Sue McKenzie and Kevin Pace on their organic citrus farm in Koonoomoo.
STRONGER trade relations and bolstered biosecurity were discussed at Citrus Australia’s AGM last week.

Tariff cuts a win for exporters

 Robinvale table grape growers Fred and Lena Tassone are about to start harvesting Thompson seedless grapes.
TARIFFS on Australian table grapes, citrus and cherries are likely to be slashed in a China FTA deal.

Pick your own in the Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley Gateway Estate with Brett Spurling.
YARRA Valley Gateway Estate may be small — but it more than punches above its weight.

Fair Work raids strawberry farms

Fair Work raids strawberry farms
UPDATE: SEVERAL Yarra Valley strawberry growers have been caught incorrectly paying staff.

Buyers clueless on spud varieties

Stuart Jennimgs, Thorpdale
NEW research has revealed a third of Aussies are unable to name a single potato type.

Food from the source

Open Food Network
SERENITY Hill and Kirsten Larsen are launching their food distribution project the Open Food Network.

Victorians warned of mosaic virus

Melon Farm
DEPI is encouraging Victorian melon growers to lookout for cucumber green mottle mosaic virus.

Poppies key to global medicine

Flowering poppy crops at Wesley Vale, east of Devonport, in northern Tasmania. Crops are used for opium production.
POP a cold and flu capsule or a pain relief tablet and chances are the key ingredient was grown in Tasmania.

RSPCA’s extreme tactics

 Coalition against duck shooting campaign director Laurie Levy with a Pink ear duck and other dead ducks at the Victorian Pre...

SOME farm leaders fear the Victorian election has spawned a dangerous new alliance of animal welfare groups.

Swanpool hearing adjourned

Country footy merger

TODAY’S hearing between Swanpool FNC and the Ovens and King Football Netball League adjourned.

Chinese double up on wheat

Western Plains Harvest '13

CHINA has risen through the ranks to become Australia’s second biggest wheat buyer in 2013-14.

Simplicity the secret to D65-D

Simplicity the secret to D65-D

MACDON’S D65-D draper models have been making a splash in the Mallee.

Hollingworth nutures nature

Robert Hollingworth

NOT a flower, frog, bird or smidgen of lichen on Robert Hollingworth’s property has gone unrecorded.

Livestock Doc: Happily married to the mob

FARM Yarra Valley Game. Maremma dog named Rex2.

THE best way to protect your livestock is to make sure your guard dog is healthy.