The pair — who buy a truckload of biochar a year — believe more farmers should give it a go, saying it is not an expensive or laborious process.
Backpackers who have helped WA growers through “really tough times” are facing a nervous wait over their future as their emergency COVID-19 visas come up for renewal heading into summer.
EXCLUSIVE, Shannon Verhagen
Orchardists in the Perth Hills are calling for a plan to avoid “disaster” and protect growers if a pest outbreak occurs in the food producing regions on the fringe of the city.
Eliminating fruit and vegetable packaging would do more harm than good for the environment and cost WA growers thousands in food waste, according to an industry expert.
Biosecurity, innovation, safety, packaging and social media were discussed at the WA Horticulture Update 2021 on November 4.
Tensions ran high in a packed Harvey Shire Council chamber last week as the fate of a vegetable grower’s contentious application to expand its horticultural operations was deferred until next year.
The extra time spent on the road is costing companies thousands, thrown freight deadlines into disarray and sparked concerns over the welfare of drivers.
Edith Cowan University is poised to launch WA’s only horticulture major next year to bolster education and research in a $2.6 billion industry on the “cusp of a boom”.
The 0.2 hectare trial crop was established at Martu Farm in November 2018, with 40 trees comprising a mix of low chill peach and nectarine varieties
Horticultural expansion in Myalup could see a loss of habitat for more than four endangered and critically endangered native species and draws unprecedented backlash from neighbours.
There are fears for the viability of an important food bowl for the Perth metro area, because of the State Government’s plans to cut local farmers water licence allocations by 10 per cent in 2028.
It has prompted calls for supermarket giants to not saddle farmers already grappling with labour shortages with rising costs and instead ask consumers to pay more.
Shannon Verhagen & Courtney Gould
A shocking photo has emerged showing thousands of avocados rotting at a tip in the South West, with growers warning it is “just the beginning” in a “perfect storm” of a year.
A vehicle stuffed with 40 plants and another carrying 20kg of pine cones were some of the strangest cases WA biosecurity officers encountered while inspecting checkpoints and airports this year.
“Never in my 35 years have we seen crop loses of 70-80 per cent over a five-month period.”
Data obtained from a new $800,000 program is set to help WA growers understand their “true cost of production” to bolster negotiations with marketers over their products’ value.
A whopping 31 per cent of shoppers believe they have been misled by organic labelling on products, prompting calls for mandatory certification on all organic products.
WA’s peak vegetable advocacy group will embark on a national search for a new chief executive following the resignation of John Shannon.
Australia’s top scientists and biosecurity experts are joining forces with growers to fight one of the country’s “most prolific” pests capable of “devouring” a wide range of crops.
Australia’s peak horticultural body will fight for farmers’ access to piece rates and workers to earn “better than a fair day’s pay” after a major workers’ union took aim at the system this week.
Fruitco has vines in the south west, will pick its first crop at Broome this year, and is planning a big development at Carnarvon, enabling it to pick and supply markets all year round.
Avocados — delicious, nutritious and now costing just $1 each in some shops. But while a price crash on the versatile health food is great for consumers, farmers fear they could be toast.
The recent findings provide hope its march south can be slowed and follow a mammoth effort testing the resistance of 158 samples collected from maize crops in the Ord River Irrigation Area and Broome.
Pacific workers could swap picking oranges for driving chaser bins to relieve pressure on farmers this harvest if the State Government’s bold idea to train them on heavy machinery gains traction.
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