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TAS Country : January 13th 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012 Tasmanian Country 19 Crossword No 9934 Cryptic Clues Solution No 9933 Solution next issue three 10 Withdrew and went to bed 14 Devoid of intelligence in a foregone conclusion 17 Give permission to lease ACROSS 1 Made an exact copy 6 Convey over water 7 Military motor vehicles 8 Relating to the side 11 Respectful term of address 12 Metal-bearing rock 13 News 15Goin 16 Prisons 18 ThinnestDOWN 1 Female rabbit 2 Money bag 3 Coaxed 4 Breach of faith 5 Regards with suspicion 6 Disciples 9 Operating room 10 No longer working 14 Mindless 17 Allow Straight Clues ACROSS 1 Reproduced by cloning dilated cup properties 6 Offer ryebread in a hovercraft 7 Staff cars for Popeye's fabulous animals 8 Sideways afterwards by a trainee 11 Undesirable inclusions for a knight's title 12 Ring about a metal container 13 Unusual bipolar digit information 15 Participate in green territories 16 Locks up heartless individuals after early January 18 The most willowy southern usurer on time DOWN 1 The same eastern female deer 2 Super elements contract into folds 3 Beguiled by Canberra outskirts, Jo got to the front 4 Disloyalty from a male offspring after the theatre finishes 5 Doesn't believe in early dismissals of guardianships 6 Those who worship apostles 9 Where performances take place at around BARRACKERS AA HAI N M CARTELS DAPPER SALT S DRSA TEMPERAMENT AUSP E NOSH TINSEL DREADED A E EIE FS STRANGLERS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Weather NORTHERN Burnie Cressy Devonport Elliott Erriba Forthside Launceston Meander Scottsdale Smithton WEST COAST Rosebery Savage River Strahan Strathgordon Waratah Zeehan SOUTHEAST Bagdad Campania Dover Geeveston Grove Hobart Huonville Premaydena Woodbridge DERWENT VALLEY Bothwell Bushy Park Maydena New Norfolk Ouse Tarraleah Victoria Valley CENTRAL PLATEAU Bronte Heights Derwent Bridge Hermitage Interlaken Lake Augusta East Lake St Clair Liaweenee Waddamana MIDLANDS Campbell Town Llewellyn Melton Mowbray Mt Morriston Mt Seymour Ross AFW Tunnack York Plains EAST COAST Avoca Bicheno Fingal Forestry Lake Leake Mathinna Pioneer St Helens St Marys Swansea Upper Esk KING & FLINDERS ISLANDS King Is AP Melbourne Bay Naracoopa Flinders Is AP Memana TASMANIAN RAINFALL WEEKLY RAINFALL BULLETIN OUTLOOK "Tce" is a trace (< 0.1 mm) of rain rain (mm) rain (mm) AGRICULTURAL OBSERVATIONS BULLETIN FOR TASMANIA www.bom.gov.au/products/IDT65176.shtml 29 6 12- 24 188 13 24 35 58 56 33 74 43 68 3 10 2485 172 - 0.4 11 15 6 3 11/8 98 10 34228 515 6 37 29 30 289 - -215357 2-2 62 25 6- 0.29 Rainfall (mm) 400mm 300mm 200mm 150mm 100mm 50mm 25mm 15mm 10mm 5mm 1mm 0mm WEEK ENDING WEDNESDAY 11/1/12 MONTH TO DATE 1/1/12 -- 11/1/12 Rainfall (mm) YEAR TO DATE 1/1/12 -- 11/1/12 Rainfall (mm) 800mm 600mm 400mm 300mm 200mm 100mm 50mm 25mm 10mm 5mm 1mm 0mm 800mm 600mm 400mm 300mm 200mm 100mm 50mm 25mm 10mm 5mm 1mm 0mm FRIDAY: Isolated showers about the west, south and central areas, and developing about the northeast during the day. Fine elsewhere. Locally cool at first then a generally mild day. Light to moderate southwesterly winds, locally fresh about the coast, with afternoon sea breezes in the northeast. SATURDAY: Morning drizzle about the west and throughout the day about the south, with the chance of morning showers about Flinders Island. Cool to mild with light to moderate southwesterly winds and afternoon sea breezes in the north and northeast. SUNDAY: Morning drizzle about the west and far south with isolated showers developing about the north during the morning. Cool to mild, grading to a locally warm day. Generally light winds and afternoon coastal sea breezes. Finding the right solar deal A NORTHERN Tasmanian group is being pro-active in helping people sort out the minefield of information on solar heating. Tamar Natural Resource Manage- ment (NRM), through its sustainable living working group, has trolled through a huge amount information. Executive officer Craig Williams said the group wanted to help people in the northern area of Tasmania to make an informed choice about solar heating choices on the market. The group also researched the photovoltaic market. The group found a recently installed electric hot water service tank can be retrofitted for solar heating, which could reduce an electricity bill by up to 25 per cent. For details on their findings call 63 233 310 or www.tamarnrm.com.au Water expansion, but at what risk? CHEWS theFAT David Byard EVERY time I hear people talk of irrigating Tasmania I cringe. Perhaps I am too negative, but I wonder if those pushing the irrigation schemes are a bit too hopeful. Time will tell. What I am certain of is that we can grow many more crops for food and processing. However, I doubt whether we can sell the product from those crops at a price that reflects the cost of pro- duction and gives the producer some sort of margin. One of the keys to getting any viable irrigation scheme up in Tasmania is choosing a high-value crop, one that will give a return on the water and infrastructure. Poppies are a great example. Poppies were first trialled in the 1960s and the first commercial crop was grown in the 1970s. The poppy industry has just celebrated its 40th anniversary. There were two pioneering compan- ies -- GlaxosSmithkline and Tas Alka- loids. In 2005, a new company, TPI, come into the industry. It could be argued that the advent of poppies has revolutionised Tasman- ian agriculture. The 1989-90 wool crash had a huge impact in the Midlands and in many instances it was the three Ps -- poppies, peas and potatoes -- that saved a lot of farming enterprises. Of course, those with irrigation were protected from the lack of rain and would have constant crops. From 1998-2000 we saw a large expansion in the area where poppies are grown, with an increase from 10,000ha to 20,000ha. Since then, the area growing pop- pies has ebbed and flowed, with a world glut in 2005, which of course had a negative effect on the industry. With high-value crops there is a lot of research and development and we have seen the production of poppies go from 10kg/ha to 20kg/ha and in some cases it has gone as high as 70kg/ha -- this is a good demonstration of the valueofR&D. A recent University of Tasmania study suggested there is potential for an annual sustainable area of 60,000ha suitable for growing poppies, which of course is class 1-4 land. At present Tasmania uses 24,000ha a year. It could be argued that poppies are one of the most valuable crops in Tasmania. The other crop that is more valuable is potatoes, but its future lies in the hands of the processors, who may decide, at a stroke of a pen, to move to New Zealand or elsewhere. If the unmentionable happened and the last remaining processor packed up and went, our cropping industry in Tasmania could be in serious trouble. Those who have signed contracts for future water use would be in even more trouble, if alternative crops could not be found. How safe is the poppy industry in this state? We already have reports of poppies being grown in New Zealand and interstate. If these trials are successful one must wonder! There are reports that one of the three local companies has considered importing poppy capsules from Tur- key. If they get the green light, what are the implications? One could only wonder at the quarantine problems that this could bring. If we bring raw material from places such as Turkey, we could potentially place Tasmania's reputation as a re- liable supplier of produce at risk. If this actually happens it could undermine the strategy of water pro- viders who, rightly or wrongly, have placed a lot of their faith in poppy production. It would be very interesting to see what sort of stand the Government would take over the importation of poppy material.
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