Home' Grower : July 2010 Contents The South Australian Grower -- July 2010
power of plants
AS each season progresses, a crop
is able to express less of its full
genetic potential each day. This is
generally because of setbacks affecting the crop,
such as weather events and various stresses that hit
the plant. The challenge is to make the plant more
resistant to all the stresses that it encounters from
the beginning of the growing season right through
until harvest and beyond. Stoller is an Australian
company that manufactures Liquid Nutrients and
growth promotants locally and distributes products
through a network of dealers nationwide.
The products include a full range of nutrients and
mixes that can be applied to the leaves and roots of
plants. Stoller is a leading worldwide business group
with proven nutrition products and programs
targeting most agricultural crops. Stoller's strength is
in the detailed knowledge of nutrition for plants and
an advanced understanding of how plants respond
to the environment. Based on the above knowledge,
Stoller can offer products, programs, technical
support and training in all areas of crop production.
Stoller's Crop Health Products and informed support
staff capitalise on understanding the important link
between nutrients and methods to:
• Remove nutrient deficiencies.
• Activate strong root growth.
• Stimulate healthy growth and fruit set.
• Rectify the impact of salty soil and water.
• Control toppy growth to balance the crop.
• Prepare customised application programs for
each crop and situation.
Details: Stoller Australia Pty Ltd freecall 1800-
Fertiliser (1800337845) or www.stoller.com.au
Keep bats, birds
out in the dark
BATS are a nuisance for many growers, gardeners
and homeowners. And with about 80 species
Australia-wide, bat related complaints are not
uncommon. In many situations bats can be
unhygienic, noisy or destructive. But bats also play a
vital role in natural ecosystems: pollinating plants,
spreading seeds and consuming huge amounts of
insects. D-TER, a unique animal and bird repellent,
harmlessly keeps flying foxes away from fruit trees
and evicts micro-bats from roof spaces and sheds. A
Longreach couple sprayed D-TER and within minutes
had persuaded "a very persistent mob of
insectivorous bats to move on. They estimated there
had been 100 to 150 "mice with wings" resident in
their ceiling for many years. D-TER is effective and
registered for use against all animals and birds -- a
simple and sure answer to a very wide range of 'pest'
problems. It is not only an extremely effective
repellent, but its use is also environmentally sound. It
is very safe, not a scheduled poison, and there is no
withholding period, it does not harm the creatures, is
not phytotoxic and does not affect the soil. D-TER
repels by creating a feeling that the treated area is
unsafe and threatening. The memory of 'danger'
ensuring the repellent effect continues for lengthy
periods -- far longer than D-TER itself. D-TER can be
used to protect fruit and vegetables crops, trees,
shrubs, ornamental plants, lawns, garden beds, bulbs,
seeds and property. It produces excellent results
against all wildlife, feral animals and pets, including
rabbits, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, wombats,
bandicoots, foxes, dogs, cats, rats and mice. It is just
as effective against all birds. D-TER prevents
destruction of seedlings, plants, blooms, ripening fruit,
crops and homes -- by rosellas, lorikeets, parrots,
cockatoos, crows and smaller birds as well as fouling
of buildings or ground areas by wild ducks, pigeons,
mynas, sparrows, starlings and swallows.
Details: Lorac Australia Pty Ltd 02 9589 0703.
get most from RMT
RIVER Murray Training Pty Ltd is a
regional-based organisation that helps
primary producers, businesses and
individuals with their learning needs.
They help clients access government subsidised
training through traineeships/apprenticeships,
FarmReady and various PPP programs designed for
job seekers, existing workers and enterprises. RMT is
more than a training provider. It can assist with career
planning, RPL and workforce development. Industry
groups and enterprises with strategies for their future
development can access advice without obligation on
how to meet the associated organisational learning
needs. RMT also has partnering arrangements with
agricultural and rural business consulting firms to
ensure the latest research and development and
expertise is available. RMT tailors each of its learning
program to suit the client or enterprise -- there is no
'one solution fits all'. Demand for agricultural/
horticultural products is set to grow, but the skills and
knowledge is lagging. Enterprises with an eye to the
future realise the importance of attracting and
retaining the right sort of staff. Australian school-
based apprenticeships are proving to be attractive to
employers as a source of new employees who can be
introduced gradually into work. Family businesses are
using ASBAs to give their teenage children a head
start in employment.
Details: www.r-m-t.com.au or email@example.com
on its reputation
BALHANNAH Nurseries is an icon of the South
Australian Horticultural Industry, with a reputation for
growing good quality two-year-old trees. The winter
bareroot season is under way with retail nurseries full
of dormant trees ready for planting in the home
garden. In addition, trees are now being dug for
commercial growers to plant in their orchards
throughout the winter months. While the nursery
specialises in apples, it propagates more than 250
different varieties of fruit trees, with this number
increasing every year as new lines of interest become
available. While most growing is directly for orders,
some popular lines are grown 'on spec' to cover those
who decide on a late planting. Established in 1887,
Balhannah Nurseries brings experience and quality to
the fruit tree grower, and seeks to respond to the
requirements of each grower to ensure they receive
the product which best suits their enterprise.
Details: Samuel Luke 08 8389 4557 or 0412 237
684. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get your message across
EVERY month, SA Grower profiles a number of
innovative businesses servicing the horticultural
industry making their mark in South Australia.
SA food sector
SOUTH Australia's food sector has the potential
to emulate the defence and mining industries in
terms of export growth opportunities, according
to Agriculture Minister Michael O'Brien.
"The standard of our produce is known
around the world," he said.
"The SA Food Plan sets a target of $16 billion
in gross food revenue by 2015 - that's nearly
$4b more than the very commendable 2008-09
"It is a target that is realistic and certainly
achievable, but will require effort, innovative
thinking and smart choices."
Mr O'Brien addressed an Advantage SA
industry forum focused on the State's
agribusiness sector at Adelaide's Central
The breakfast was the first stop on an
Advantage SA Around the State tour taking
members and guests to Kangaroo Island
businesses Rare Breeds Farm, KI Abalone Farm,
Southern Ocean Lodge and Lifetime Private
Advantage SA stages regular "Around the
State" tours to introduce members and invited
guests to key South Australian industries.
"People around the world who appreciate food
and wine of the highest quality are deliberately
seeking our products," Mr O'Brien said.
"We must capitalise on this preference and
build demand in new and existing markets.
"I see no reason our food sector cannot take
advantage of emerging opportunities in the
same way our defence and minerals and
energy sectors are each building an
South Australia produced about 44 per cent of
the nation's wine and 64pc its wine exports,
valued at $1.57 billion, in 2008-09.
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