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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
34 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 29, 2011 Huon Valley business cracking hard-nut awards NUTSNMORE prides itself on us- ing as many local Huon Valley products as possible, especially honey, in its nut products. Last year Nutsnmore enjoyed more success at food shows. At the Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards it won reserve champion in the nut category, along with 19 medals. In the Sydney Fine Food Show, proprietor Lyn McCambridge re- ceived the highest award in the nut category with a silver medal for her honey macadamias. ''Sydney is a hard nut to crack,'' Ms McCambridge said. Nutsnmore products are avail- able at Salamanca Market and at major events such as the Taste of the Huon and Agfest. The com- pany also supplies wholesalers in Tasmania and interstate. Site I 16 Pavilion I 2011 LEARNING: Andrew McCarthy and Adrian James at the pasture trial site on Mr McCarthy's property near Bridport. Results reaped at trials NRM North is busy with a range of activities for farmers throughout Tasmania's north- ern region. One of the key initiatives has been a series of new and excit- ing agricultural trials. There are six trials running in the region. NRM North is working with a range of part- ners including RuralSmart, TP Jones and Crop Protection Re- search as well as local farmers. NRM North chief executive James McKee said the organis- ation was pleased to be able to fund the trials. ''It's great to be able to pro- vide funding for trials which will have regional benefits and will hopefully be supported and enhanced through other agri- cultural research and extension into the future,'' Mr McKee said. Near Bridport, Andrew and Karen McCarthy are trialling pasture-cropping techniques to improve production and soil health on sandy banks. Early results from this trial are mixed, partly because of the unusual weather in the growing season and abundant pasture and weed growth. Oats and millet established in the sections that were sprayed had higher energy and protein levels than half-spray and no- spray sections. The no-spray plots had higher levels of dry matter levels, but high weed concentrations made for poor quality grazing. The half-spray sections, which appeared to offer the best potential early on with plenty of cereal and ryegrass, became dominated by unwanted species as high rainfall levels continued through summer. NRM North regional landcare facilitator Adrian James said some important lessons had been learnt on adapting pasture cropping to northern Tasmania. The trial will be running for at least another two years. Near Avoca, Rob O'Connor is testing different application ra- tes of gypsum on sodic cropping soil looking to improve yields and soil condition. Near Perth, Bill Chilvers is trialling the use of compost, manures and biochar as well as synthetic fertilisers for wheat production and increasing soil carbon. Rob Henry is doing a similar trial near Cressy, but for pasture production. Janet and Charles Wallace are looking at ways to improve soil carbon under pasture and cropping land near Cressy, us- ing biological and conventional inputs. Rob and Isabel Casey, near Longford, are testing biological and synthetic inputs into irri- gated lucerne, looking at soil microbes and organic matter. NRM North, together with Serve-Ag, Tas Agronomy Plus and Southern Farming Sys- tems, has sponsored workshops and lectures to promote soil health and farm sustainability. NRM North hopes to organise more similar events in the future. S 15 South St Free vision and eye health screenings and on-site retinal camera. tometrists ssociation stralia ill e at F Take a closer look at site hird ven e F yo r eyes ll isitors ill recei e a ree colo r ri t o t eir reti a as ell as t e o ort it to s eak it a o to etrist. FREE STICKERS FOR KIDS
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