Last Updated: March 29, 2015

Weather: Canberra 6°C - 25°C . Morning fog then mostly sunny.

Menace Adelaide Hills hit by wasp ‘plague’

ADELAIDE’S warm spring, summer and autumn has led to a plague of European wasps in the Hills.

Map out the future of lavender

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RECOGNISING common faults in oil quality will be discussed at the Australian Lavender Growers conference.

Glorious win for Emerald nursery

Glorious win for Emerald nursery
GLORIOSA Nursery from Emerald has won the award for best Growers Display at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

Meet pumpkin patch twins

Flower and Garden Show
GREEN thumbs of all ages are being encouraged to head to this year’s Melbourne Flower and Garden show.

New mandarins juice up offerings

FARM - Grow Lightly with Meredith and Gil Freeman
CITRUS growers are taking advantage of new mandarin varieties that have been evaluated at Dareton, NSW.

Chrysco blooms at flower show

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CHRYSCO Flowers is making its big return to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show today.

More nabbed in farm raids

 Picking grapes. grape harvesting cutting bunch secateurs hands fruit wine industry
MORE than 150 illegal farm workers have been caught and detained in the past six months, it has been revealed.

Hurdles in fighting fruit fly

Queensland fruit fly
FRUIT  growers face two major challenges when fighting against fruit fly.

Farmers’ market booming

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FARMERS’ markets are booming in Tasmania on the back of recent food scares.

Agriculture NT dashes ‘super banana’ trials

 Wednesday 2 February 2011. Professor James Dale with banana plants. Photo:QUT Marketing and Communication/Erika Fish. PH:073...
THE development of the world’s only “super bananas” has been stalled by the NT Government.

Fair Work visits Goulburn orchards

 Fruit grower Vera Fleming runs the Chocolate Apples Factory at Shepparton.
FAIR Work Ombudsman inspectors will this week return to apple and pear orchards in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley.

Agriculture Banana farm down but not out

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THIRTY per cent of Hopevale’s bananas have been flattened by Cyclone Nathan, but managers remain hopeful there will not be any economic fallout for the small community.

DNA testing appeals to potatoes

DNA testing appeals to potatoes
SOIL DNA testing is helping to prevent and detect disease in potato crops.

Cyclone wipes out banana growers

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WESTERN Australia’s banana crop has been wiped out for at least 12 months by Cyclone Olwyn.

Cyclone Nathan Double whammy for bananas

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HOPE Vale Banana Farm braces for cyclone Nathan’s arrival less than a year after Ita flattened crops.

Minister lashes banana freckle ‘clowns’

Banana Freckle
THE NT Primary Industry Minister has labelled people who hold out against the National Banana Freckle Eradication Campaign as “clowns”.

Strange snack Tony Abbott eats another onion

Tony Abbott eats another onion
PEOPLE might be keeping their distance from the Prime Minister today — he’s just snacked on a second raw brown onion. Pass that man some chewie!

This farming family’s all ears

Sweetcorn
LOCALLY grown sweet corn is back on the menu for Tasmanians as this year’s harvest kicks off.

Orchardist nabs women’s award

RIRDC Rural Women's Award
THIRD-generation Harcourt Orchardist Katie Finlay has won the RIRDC Victorian Rural Women’s Award.

Aim for low, not zero, residues

 Citrus fruit
NEW Zealand fruit growers say they are better off aiming for low levels of chemical residues instead of zero.

Levy delay blow to growers

 SA Citrus Growers chairman Mark Chown and crateful of oranges from his Cooltong property. grower
CITRUS growers are disappointed a boost to their levies will not be signed off until mid-year.

Agriculture Panama farm to resume harvest

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BANANAS from the farm at the centre of the Queensland’s Panama crisis could soon be back on supermarket shelves.

Drones to map orange health

Mildura citrus forum
ORCHARDISTS in Sunraysia are using drones to map the health of their trees.

Aussie frozen berries

Aussie frozen berries
A MORNINGTON Peninsula business has today launched Australia’s first commercial frozen berry brand.

Orange growers’ net gain

Mildura citrus forum
INSTALLING permanent netting over navel citrus orchards has produced more first grade fruit than un-netted orchards.

Farmers to meet over Panama

Banana farmer
QUEENSLAND’S banana industry remains focused on controlling Panama disease in the state’s far north.

Farmers cash in on climate change

Farmers cash in on climate change
CLIMATE change is forecast to lessen the quality of food produced in many parts of Australia.

Harcourt’s ginger beer takes root

Harcourt Victoria Consortium on Economic Development
BROTHERS Kye and Quinn Livingstone are part of Harcourt’s sparkling beverage boom.

Harcourt aims to sparkle

Harcourt Victoria Consortium on Economic Development
HARCOURT growers are planning to make the town famous for its apple cider.

Agriculture Banana grower defends practices

Banana grower defends practices
THE Tully Valley family involved in the banana disease scare has defended its farming practices.

News Qld tests confirm Panama

Qld tests confirm Panama
A NORTH Queensland farm has once again tested positive for one of the world’s worst banana plant diseases.

Myki may roll into regions

Train signs

A DECISION could be made to roll out the Myki ticketing system across country Victoria later this year.

Three more live baiting charges

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POLICE have charged another three people in relation to allegations of live baiting in the Greyhound racing industry.

Milk price still settling

Milk price still settling

MAJOR milk processors are sending mixed signals about if they will follow WCB’s lead and top up farmgate prices.

New Arion has a touch of Claas

New Arion has a touch of Claas

CLAAS Harvest Centre has confirmed a new Arion 400 series will be arriving in Australia next year.

Take a butcher’s hook

CL: Ivan the Butcher and his shop in Newry.

IVAN McNally’s butcher shop in Newry has two cash registers; the old one and the new one.

Livestock Doc: Not a scrap of trouble

FARM - PIGS at Corop with Katy Brown

THE dangers of swill feeding and why is it illegal in Australia.