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AG LIFE: Towns need to attract tree changers

As you stroll down the main street of town, are there a few too many empty offices and shops with ‘for lease’ signs on the front window? How many of the smaller regional towns have you watched creep slowly into oblivion? As you’ve no doubt heard before, Australia is one of the most urbanised countries […]

AG LIFE: Fight the mites

Grain growers have access to an additional tool for control of redlegged earth mite, RLEM, in canola crops. A Pegasus miticide-insecticide label has varied to include control of a potentially destructive mite, Halotydeus destructor, in canola.  Research by sustainable-agriculture research organisation Ceser through Grains Research and Development Corporation investment supported the registration. Pegasus, a Group 12A […]

AG LIFE: Oaten hay trial in the Wimmera

Agrifutures data has revealed that in 2015, Australia exported 936,329 tons of fodder worth an estimated $383-million.

AG LIFE: Mental-health refreshers

Wimmera Primary Care Partnership is providing mental-health first-aid refresher courses across the region this year. The refresher courses are four four-hour face-to-face sessions that allow people who have previously completed a 14-hour Mental Health First Aid course to refresh their knowledge and skills. For people who are Accredited MHFAiders, the refresher courses offer an opportunity […]

AG LIFE: Warning for food scrap diseases

Victoria’s chief veterinary officer has urged people using mild autumn weather to go on camping trips, often to distant wilderness areas, to carefully dispose of food scraps. Dr Charles Milne said consumption of food scraps by domestic or wild pigs had the potential to introduce exotic animal diseases to Australia. Dr Milne said Australia had […]

AG LIFE: Getting seed into the ground

Over the past few weeks I’ve been to seeder demonstrations hosted by organisations Birchip Cropping Group and Best Wool Best Lamb.

AG LIFE: Pulse advice is at your fingertips

Pulse growers have a valuable resource for the 2019 cropping season after an online Grains Research and Development Corporation webinar series. The corporation ran the five webinars as part of a Southern Region Pulse Extension project. Each webinar covering a different pulse-crop type, featured a line-up of industry experts who provided an overview of relevant […]

AG LIFE: Call for faster grain payment

Victorian Farmers Federation Grains Group has called on grain traders to switch to shorter payment terms as farmers try to recover from the collapse of a grain-trading business last month. Grains group president Ashley Fraser said grain traders needed to transition to two-day payment terms across all contracts ‘in the near future’. “Within two years, […]

Poultry auction success

POULTRY PALS: Casey White bonds with a silky chicken during Wimmera Poultry Club’s annual auction at Horsham Showground on Sunday. The club was formed in Dimboola in the 1970s before moving to Horsham in 1998. Its annual auction draws visitors from across Victoria and interstate to the Wimmera. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER The entire April 17, […]

Ararat gardening show grows

Ararat Gardening Club has welcomed several new members following a successful recent first All Things Gardening community expo at Ararat’s Alexandra Hall. Event organiser and Ararat Community Garden member Lesley Sladdin said the showcase flourished, with about 28 stallholders and hundreds of people attending. “We have had quite a few members join in the past […]

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