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TAS Country : February 9th 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012 Tasmanian Country 21 Special Feature Tillage and planting Talk to your Lely Dealer regarding tailor-made Lely Finance to suit your cash flow -- Conditions apply. innovators in agriculture SMARTER, FASTER, STRONGER! TULIP MULTIDISC... THE NEW HIGH SPEED MULTIDISC DISC HARROW -- PERFECT FOR STUBBLE MANAGEMENT AND PREPARES THE SOIL FOR TROUBLE FREE SEEDING. Lely Australia Pty. Ltd., 48 Mackay St, Rochester, VIC 3561 Ph: (03) 5484 4000 or visit www.lely.com Lely offers a wide range of innovative products to make farming easier. Live Life Lely FIELDS OF GOLD: More growers are being sought for the next cropping season. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR Valuable seed from a sea of yellow TASMANIA'S canola crop continues to grow as de- mand for hybrid canola seed increases. Most of the seed pro- duced in Tasmania goes interstate as well as being exported to South America, the Middle East and parts of Europe. The northern region of the state lends itself to canola seed production due to the summer climate, sunlight hours and irri- gation capability. Serve-Ag seed pro- duction manager Geoff Dell and seed production officer Pat Wadley are coordinating a canola seed program this year in the Central Midlands and near Hagley. The total canola area under planting is ex- pected to total 200ha. Canola is an excellent summer crop. Serve-Ag grow the seed on behalf of Pacific Seeds which is at the forefront of new crop types and im- proving the yield in exist- ing varieties. Pacific Seeds played a key role in developing new canola hybrids and they were the first in the world to release a hybrid, in 1988. The canola breeding program is aimed at de- veloping higher oil quality, better yielding varieties, higher standability, strong seedling vigour and su- perior stress resistance with improved disease re- sistance. Research and develop- ment targets both hybrid and open pollinated varieties in conventional and herbicide-tolerant forms. Seed crops are generally sown in Tasmania in Octo- ber to November. Canola is a short ro- tation crop with plants flowering around Christ- mas and ready to harvest by the end of this month. Serve-Ag has a good group of growers that are currently producing their seed requirements how- ever it is seeking more growers for the 2012/2013 season. Ideally, crops should be grown under irrigation and should have a mini- mum area of 10ha. The canola seed pro- duction requires male and female plants to be grown in separate rows and there- fore some detailed plan- ning is needed when sow- ing. It is important to also review the paddock his- tory and weed spectrum on the property prior to con- firming canola seed pro- duction areas. The Hagley and Longford areas have been a sea of yellow with the canola plants in flower. Harvest is expected will start following windrow- ing with many of the seed crops also now direct head- ed.The seed produced from the rye grass, clover and canola seed crops are gen- erally taken to Heazlewood Seeds, operated by Brenton and Duncan Heazlewood at Whitemore where seeds are cleaned of any con- taminants. The yields from the canola seed production areas have been good, pro- viding excellent per hec- tare returns to the grower. Serve-Ag grows a range of seed crops including grasses, clovers, cereal seeds and are considering a range of new seed crops for production in Tas- mania. Many of the seed crops fit well into the crop ro- tation as growers are run- ning mixed farms growing poppies, peas, beans and running stock.
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