Hailstorms wreck vineyards and vegetable crops

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 03/02/2004, pg. 9

VEGETABLE growers on the Granite Belt are counting the cost of severe hailstorms which last week wiped out millions of dollars worth of crops, prolonging an already short supply of summer vegetables.

Hailstorms swept through orchards, vineyards and crops last Thursday and again on Friday.

Applethorpe DPI senior extension horticulturist Alex Banks said […]

Grower conserves showers for a grainy day

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 03/12/2003, pg.19

FARMER Bill Hoare harvested a bumper wheat crop at his Jandowae property this year despite the district being in the grip of drought.

Using various farming techniques, Mr Hoare stored the few summer showers in the soil for his winter wheat, which has helped swell a national record winter grain harvest forecast to […]

Graingrowers set to move on fuel market

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 12/02/2003, pg. 7


QUEENSLAND farmers are poised to capitalise on what could be one of Australia’s next boom

industries — ethanol.

Dalby graingrower David Wise is among many farmers waiting for the Federal Government to decide whether to extend to ethanol the 38.4 a litre fuel excise exemption.

Such a decision would mean grain and sugar farmers […]

It goes against the grain, but less earns more

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 17/12/2002, pg. 2

WINTER grain harvests on the Darling Downs are down 70 per cent, to the lowest tonnages since the 1994 drought.

But for those lucky enough to harvest a crop, prices have been at record highs.

Pampas graingrower Lyndon Pfeffer managed only a tenth of his usual wheat harvest but counts himself fortunate.

“Further north […]

Unripe fruit sacrificed to save dry orchards

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 25/10/2002, pg. 11

GRANITE Belt stone fruit will be scarce this Christmas as the drought forces growers to strip trees of fruit in the hope of saving orchards.

Fruit-pickers are picking unripe peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums to prevent trees becoming so water-stressed they die.

But the Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association yesterday said consumers would […]

Chemical drift ruins grain crop

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 10/08/2002, pg. 17

BUYERS have rejected sorghum from at least a dozen Darling Downs growers after their crops were found to be contaminated by a chemical used on cotton crops.

The chemical is organo phosphate profenofos, an active ingredient in several cotton sprays used in the third stage of the crop to control the pest heliothis.

Profenofos […]

Dose of the good oil revives dying towns

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 26/04/2002, pg. 11

AUSTRALIA’S largest olive grove has produced 500 tonnes in its first harvest from 173,000 trees.

The olives, from the Barkworths Keetah Grove near the emerging olive capital of Inglewood, will produce more than 200,000 bottles of olive oil destined for shelves in Coles, Woolworths and Bi-Lo stores.

Many rural producers in the area, […]

Cottoning on to a good thing – Fish put the `fin’ in financial

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 01/09/2001, pg. 74

A COTTON farm dam at Dalby on the Darling Downs has been turned into a fish farm in an unlikely alliance of the cotton industry with native fish production.

The fish farm in a 250 megalitre irrigation dam on a 900 hectare cotton farm established a year ago is preparing for […]

Exporters eye prime stake in Egypt

Courier Mail, The (Brisbane), 20/03/2001, pg. 6

QUEENSLAND beef is on the menu for export buyers.

Premier Peter Beattie is poised to push Queensland beef exports when he visits Egypt next month.

Buyers from export abattoirs and feedlots yesterday paid near record prices for cattle at the Toowoomba saleyards.

Mr Beattie said he sympathised with the plight of European farmers […]