Katherine Rural Review - 09/2019
- From the Editor
Welcome to issue # 340 of the Katherine Rural Review (KRR) and nearly the last quarter of the 2019.
- Watermelons are growing at the Katherine Research Station for the first time since CGMMV
For the first time since the cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) was identified in the Northern Territory, melons are being grown at the Katherine Research Station (KRS). In a partnership between Seminis and the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR), approximately one hectare of commercial and pre-release varieties are being grown on the research station.
- Cotton trial update
Cotton research and cultivation has a long history in the Northern Territory (NT), with early research dating from the late 1800s on the botanic gardens at Palmerston. 2019 has seen the return of cotton to the NT with trial crops grown on both commercial farms and Department of Primary Industry and Resources research farms.
- Knock your socks off with some facts about cotton
99 per cent of cotton grown in Australia and over 60 per cent grown globally is genetically modified to reduce pest damage without the need to resort to heavy chemical use.
- Kidman Springs trial finds massive benefits from phosphorous supplementation
Many readers will be aware of the Phosphorus (P) supplementation study that has been running at the Department of Primary Industry and Resource’s Victoria River Research Station (Kidman Springs) since 2014.
- DPIR shine at the Katherine Show
The department hosts the agricultural display at the Katherine Show each year, and staff did a fantastic job again this year, sharing news from across our portfolio.
- Expanding knowledge about Northern Territory primary industries
DPIR staff collaborated with the Arid Lands Environment Centre to run interactive workshops for primary school students at the DesertSMART EcoFair this month.
- World first mango auto-harvester has shown great promise
Professor Kerry Walsh and his team at Central Queensland University (CQU) have developed the world’s first mango auto-harvester that has been recently trialled at Groves Grown Fruit farm in Yeppoon, Queensland.
- Cows for schools program
The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) Cows for Schools program was first established in 2017 to engage with and educate NT children from the wider community, not just those from pastoral backgrounds.
- Early weed detection is the key
Accidental weed introductions continue to rise with the increased movement of people and vehicles in and out of managed and natural areas.
- Siam weed
Native to the Americas, Siam weed has become a major land management issue across tropical areas of Asia and Africa.
- Pastoral Feed Outlook
DPIR publishes a Pastoral Feed Outlook every quarter.
- Pastoral Market Update
The Pastoral Market Update is a document published monthly by DPIR to provide information on livestock exports from the Port of Darwin and interstate cattle movements.
- Importing plants or plant products into the Northern Territory
Have you got an import permit and/or plant health certificate?
- Leucaena Profitable Grazing Systems – Northern Territory Agriculture: Pathways to Potential Field Day
Take part in the first of a series of workshops and site walks with The Leucaena Network and Profitable Grazing Systems.