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TAS Country : January 24th 2013
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, January 25, 2013 News GM comes a cropper WHY is such a hard sell needed for genetically man- ipulated crops and foods? They would sell them- selves to farmers and shop- pers if GM technology del- ivered on its grandiose promises to yield more, feed the world, cut chemi- cal use, tolerate drought and salt, etc. But, after 30 years and over $50 billion spent try- ing, there is nothing new for the GM spruikers to sell. In 1996, in the US, GM soy, corn, canola and cot- ton were launched, with two GM traits --- tolerance to potent Roundup weed killer so farmers could spray more often and at higher rates, and a gene to make insect toxins in plants. GM crops and animals areadudandnowtheGM pipeline is empty. Roundup-tolerant canola seed costs more, reduces farm profits, yields no bet- ter and no one wants to eat GM foods. Growing what cus- tomers do not want to buy is bad business. GM and its products have passed their use-by date. If Windows '97 were still the only computer operat- ing system, IT would be in trouble. So are GM seeds and animals. Bob Phelps executive director, Gene Ethics, Melbourne Your Say Funds offer for cattle students APPLICATIONS for the $12,000 Greenham Tas- mania beef and dairy scholarship close on Thur- sday. The scholarship can be used to fund studies in any field that provides benefit to the beef or dairy indus- tries. Most previous winners have been university students, but there is noth- ing to stop an older recipi- ent from using the scholar- ship for a study tour or to assist with part-time studies. Applicants may range in age from 17 to 45 but they must be family members, sharefarmers or em- ployees of farmers who have sold cattle to Greenham Tasmania's Smithton processing plant over the past 12 months. Greenham Tasmania's managing director, Peter Greenham, urged farmers with eligible family mem- bers or employees to en- courage their partici- pation. ''The scholarship pro- vides a major financial benefit and applicants have a lot of flexibility in how they use the funds,'' Mr Greenham said. ''What our independent judges are looking for is somebody who has the potential to make a future contribution to the indus- try as a result of their studies. ''It could be in any num- ber of fields animal pro- duction and nutrition, ag- ribusiness, soil and pasture management, agri- cultural science or veterin- ary science.'' Application forms and information sheets along with tips for applicants are available at www.green ham.com.au. One zap and wave goodbye to weeds A PROTOTYPE chemical- free weed control system that uses downward-facing antennae to zap plants growing in wheatfields with microwaves is being demonstrated to farmer groups and weed-control researchers in the grain industry. Dr Graham Brodie, of the University of Mel- bourne, has developed a prototype weed-killing machine that can be pulled behind a tractor to focus microwave energy at ground level, killing weeds growing within rows of crops, without residue or damaging the main crop. Dr Brodie said the microwave energy col- lapsed the structures within weeds that carry water through their stems. The unit has been trial- led at walking pace across a crop and would be suit- able for hitting weeds such as ryegrass and fleabane that are often found in cereal crops. ''You can see the plant wilt as you pass over,'' Dr Brodie said. ''It takes a few days for it to curl up and die. It's not going to be crispy as you pass by.'' A smaller unit could be developed to kill weeds in home gardens. Collection on hold CHEMCLEAR has put its scheduled Tasmanian col- lection on hold after a lack of registrations. The program needs at least 400 litres more to be registered for disposal be- fore it can be economically viable to travel to Tas- mania and collect product. To register unwanted chemicals for ChemClear's next run call hotline on 1800 008 182 or visit www.chemclear.com.au. RED HOT DEALS ON MID-SIZED TRACTORS Now s the time to get a special price on mid-sized tractors from Case IH. And, with our 3.9% p.a. finance offer,* talking to your local Case IH dealer about a tractor to suit your needs could really pay off. Visit www.caseih.com for more information. * erms and conditions apply. pecial retail prices at participating dealers on selected models until 3 st ay 0 3 or while stocks last. Advertised prices do not include . Photographs are for illustrative purposes only and may show features or accessories not included in the advertised price. ractor prices vary by model and specifications. Finance is provided by CNH Capital to approved business applicants only. 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