Wheat set to take off on the Tablelands

 

 

A SUCCESSFUL trial of the Buchanan variety of wheat in Tolga has members of the agricultural industry on the Tablelands optimistic about the abundance of local production and export opportunities that could occur as a result.

The Atherton Tablelands hasn’t traditionally been a wheat-growing region, however TGT Tolga saw a chance to capitalise on what they felt was a gap in the market in northern Queensland.

TGT Tolga’s Senior Agronomist Mark Norvall said given the troubles areas like the Western Downs are currently experiencing with drought, a chance to produce locally without the expensive cost of freight attached was of great interest.

“The Atherton Tablelands has a great climate for this variety of wheat (Buchanan),” Mr Norvall said.

“I have a lot of experience growing wheat from my time farming in Zimbabwe, and the conditions were very comparable to here – so I was always confident we could achieve a significant yield.”

Despite Mr Norvall’s confidence surrounding the wheat trial, the yield was still able to exceed expectations.

“We were expecting a yield in excess of two tonnes of wheat,” he said.

“However we eclipsed that figure and were able to yield more than three tonnes which is fantastic.

“Those results are reassurance to us that there is ample opportunity here on the Tablelands for wheat.

“We will now be looking in the near future to grow more and hopefully out of that we’ll be able to open up both domestic and international export markets.

“There are Asian countries which are very interested in our wheat industry and we will be looking to realise that potential.”

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Heading to be – That TIME of the Year….

Whilst the focus in the region quickens on the imminent Mango season, All avocado growers are also now looking at the next stage  and TGT recommend that Now is the time to apply Agrifos.

To gain maximum benefits, contact one of our local Sales Agronomists from your local team to discuss taking some root samples to see were your levels my be at. Agrifos is a systemic fungicide, *Provides effective control of phytophthora disease. *Formulated from a non toxic potassium phosphite base. *Systemic action provides complete translocation throughout the tree ensuring effective disease control. We are now seeing the orders for Mango requirements come think and fast and our recommendation is to ensure your orders are in now to have the stock ready when packing commences. TGT have a full range of products to look after your needs both in the shed and in the field…..