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TAS Country : March 17th 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011 Tasmanian Country 5 TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania 2048615-08 After harvest clean up. Avoid future crop contamination by allowing poppy seed to germinate on the ground surface before deep ploughing or ripping. Your Field Officer can advise. 2049529-110218 Rural Development Services 4/29 Elizabeth St, Hobart, 7000 PH: 6231 9033 www.ruraldevelopmentservices.com The 4th International Oyster Symposium, Hobart 2011 REGISTER NOW Oysters Tasmania and RDS are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 4th International Oyster Symposium (IOS4) The 4th International Oyster Symposium is being held in Hobart, 15-18 September 2011, and will be run jointly with shellfish futures 2011 -- the annual Tasmania oyster industry conference. The theme of the symposium and conference is Embracing the Future through Innovation. IOS4 is a must for all those with an interest in growing, selling and eating oysters. For more information about IOS4 and to register go to: www.oysterstasmania.org For more information contact Ray Murphy at RDS on 6231 9033 Croppies top up on adrenalin and dust BIG YELLOW: Aaron Ford in the cockpit of his Russian Dromedar, and (above) with his father David and chief loader Andrew Spencer. Pictures. KAROLIN MacGREGOR KAROLIN MacGREGOR 'A lot of the mainland guys won't fly down here because it's so different to what they're used to over there.' FLYING about a metre off the ground at 220km/h is not everyone's idea of the dream job, but it's all in a day's work for the pilots at Ford Aviation. While being an adrenalin junkie does help in the aerial spraying and fertilising business, producing top quality results every time involves skill and attention to detail. ''When you're going 220km/h and the spray has to stop at the fence line, it can take a bit of doing,'' he said. When Aaron Ford bought the aerial spraying business in 2003 from a NSW company, it came with one plane. Now there are four planes and four employeesAaron's father, David, also is a pilot. ''It probably sounds a bit weird considering what I do for a living, but I don't like heights,'' Aaron said. ''Most pilots are the opposite and they don't like being too close to the ground, but that's where I like to be.'' They do a variety of work from spraying to aerial seeding and fertilising. Mr Ford said accuracy was the key to top-quality aerial spraying, especially in Tasmania, which was a challenging place to fly planes. ''A lot of the mainland guys won't fly down here because it's so different to what they're used to over there,'' he said. ''Because of the terrain and the size of the paddocks there are a lot of things you have to look out for, but that keeps it interesting. ''Most of the landing strips are just in a paddocks and some go up hills and around corners and that's something you don't see on the mainland. ''Some of the mainland pilots think we're crazy for flying down here. ''Occasionally it can get a bit interesting, but you've got to give yourself a bit of a scare every now and then.'' The latest addition to the Ford Aviation fleet is a Russian built 1000hp Dromedar water bombing plane purchased about eight months ago. Built in 1986, the bright yellow plane is hard to miss and weighs about 5 tonnes when fully loaded. Built specifically for water bombing, the plane has a 1600-litre tank on board that can also be used for spraying. Mr Ford said the advantage of the Dromedar was that it could do large loads of spray, which meant less time on the ground refilling. In a bushfire the plane was ideal because it could dump a full load of water in a matter of seconds and turn around and refill in as little as six minutes. ''It's a pretty good spraying machine too because it can do big loads and once you get used to it you can get it into some pretty tight spaces.'' A major advantage of aerial spraying is that sprays can be applied at critical times, even when paddocks are too wet to drive on. There is absolutely no soil compaction from aerial spraying and fertilising and It is also possible to reach more remote areas of properties. The peak aerial spraying period in Tasmania runs from early spring to mid summer. At other times of the year they take the planes to the mainland states. Apple growers optimistic KAROLIN MacGREGOR TASMANIAN apple growers are hoping an early jump in demand for new season apples will continue as the state's first apples appear on supermarket shelves. While a major marketing campaign by Woolworths earlier in the year contrib- uted to a huge jump in gala apple sales, it is not known if that demand will continue. Howard Hansen from Hansen Orchards at Grove said the first apples from their orchard would be on supermarket shelves during the next two weeks. ''At this stage it's difficult to know what the market is going to be like,'' he said. ''Until you get your money at the end it's quite hard to know how you've done.'' Mr Hansen said a tightening of supply of apples during December and January meant prices had lifted, but many Tas- manian growers did not sell much of their fruit during that period. ''The market was reasonably strong during summer when there wasn't as much fruit around, but I don't think that will continue now with the new season fruit coming on,'' he said. ''It's a bit early to tell.'' Harvesting at the Han- sen orchards will continue until late May. Mr Hansen said yields from the first couple of orchard blocks they had harvested had been lower than normal. 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