Notes from the Editor’s desk

Dear Reader

Last week a colleague and I had the opportunity to visit four stations from just south of Alice to the border with South Australia. Apart from the hospitability of producers, the exceptional winter season was most noteworthy with nutritious green pastures ranging from native grasses to Buffel grass and winter herbage in abundance.  The purpose of this visit was to investigate opportunities for a follow up to the steer challenge, reported on in this newsletter, with an added focus on grazing land management. If you want to participate in future demonstration trials please contact one of the staff.

At a historical first meeting Horticulture producers from all over Central Australia gathered at AZRI to discuss the industry. An update on the activities of the Central Australian Horticultural Development Program was given which include the establishment of a range of crops being trialled at AZRI as well as on grower properties.  Growers were also updated on soil surveys, water planning and other services provided by the Northern Territory Government.  Read more on the activities of the Horticultural team in this edition.

The staff at AZRI are putting together displays on all these activities and much more so we invite you to visit us at the Maurie A Johns Pavilion during the Alice Show week end from 1 to 2 July.

Enjoy the read

Pieter Conradie

Last updated: 28 June 2016