by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
TAS Country : March 17th 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011 Tasmanian Country 3 News PUMPKIN TRIO: Ed and Bess Bignell inspect a whopper pumpkin destined for the Bream Creek Show. Call to pumpkins big and small JENNIFER CRAWLEY IT doesn't matter how big it is, Ed Bignell still won't eat pumpkin. And some of the biggest pumpkins in Tassie are on display at the 110th Bream Creek Show tomorrow. Ed's mother, Meg Bignell, is one of the the co-ordinators of the show. ''I have to disguise them, he doesn't like them,'' Mrs Bignell said. The Bignells break the big hollow pump- kins open and extract the seeds. ''If it's an award-winner you could probably sell the seeds, and make a bit of money,'' Mrs Bignell said. About 6000 people attended the show last year, and 7000 the year before. Organisers are hoping for perfect weather and at least 6000 showgoers. ''It's good to match it and better it,'' Mrs Bignell said. Known as the small country show with the big heart, Bream Creek Show is a local tradition that brings the community together, Mrs Bignell said. The Hall of Industry has every- thing from poetry, photography, sculpture and crafts, she said. '' I've never seen anything quiet like it, it's fantastic.'' Coppington Lane is the foodies paradise withcurries, Turkish food and potatoes with toppings on sale. Locals Bream Creek and Cape Bernier vineyards and Gillespies' Ginger Beer will be on sale. Boffins tip climate revolution JENNIFER CRAWLEY JARGON- FREE: Projections as good as anywhere, says Greg Holz. CLIMATE change will drive big changes in Tasmanian agriculture over the next 100 years, a University of Tasmania report says. The Climate Futures for Tasmania Impacts on Agriculture technical report gives specific local scenarios for far- mers who want to make business decisions about their future. Project leader and co-author Nathan Bindoff says crops choice and land use will probably all change in the century ahead. Climate analyst and co-author Greg Holz said the report was written with a minimum of jargon. ''These climate projections are as good as anywhere in the world at this stage of the development of climate science,'' Dr Holz said. Projections include adequate chill factor for most horticulture crops, reduction of frosts by half by the end of the century, a radical increase in crop yields in traditionally low-yield areas and a greater risk to biosecurity by hundreds of organisms, including weeds, diseases, insect and vertebrate pests. The impact of climate change varies greatly from region to region. ''Tassie has very complex climate,'' Dr Holz said. ''We get 3000mm of rainfall on the West Coast and 500mm on the East Coast. That's a big gradient over only a couple of hundred kilo- metres. We have been able to look carefully at different regional re- sponses to climate change.'' Dr Holz said the report was simply ''an accumulation of technical data and the implications for agriculture''. ''We are not trying to generate emotional response, it's not about mitigation, it's about climate projec- tions and the impacts,'' he said. ''The report forces us to better understand the climate we are living in, to better understand climate varia- bility and what the implications are. ''If we are going to understand the future we have to better understand the present.'' The report took three years to complete. Six scientists worked full- time supported by a group of mentor- ing scientists. Computer modelling was completed in the first year. Dr Holz spent the next year analysing 75 terabytes of infor- mation and consulting farmers. The report was written up in the third year, again, after consultation with farmers. The report can be accessed at www.climatechange.tas.gov.au/ government---action/climate---futures. Lely Australia Pty. Ltd., 48 Mackay St, Rochester, VIC 3561 Ph: (03) 5484 4000 For more information visit: www.lely.com 6.9% Finance* on Welger Balers and Tigo Loaderwagons. innovators in agriculture *Talk to your local Lely dealer regarding tailor-made Lely Finance to suit your cash flow -- Conditions apply and to approved purchasers only. SMARTER IT'S AN OFFER FROM LELY YOU JUST CAN'T REFUSE! WE'RE READY TO MAKE A DEAL... TALK TO YOUR LELY DEALER NOW! Order any Lely product before 31st March, 2011 for Spring Delivery and make huge Savings off the normal price! Last year we were overwhelmed with EARLY BIRD SAVERS, so don't be left out -- place your ORDER NOW! Lely Finance* also available on all Lely products, but you need to be an early bird to clinch the deal -- so hurry! Live Life Lely IBA_13276
March 10th 2011
March 24th 2011