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Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone toured Venus Citrus' Loxton packing shed recently, discussing the industry's marketing
revival with Maria Costi. Mr Whetstone said there was an exciting future ahead for the Riverland citrus sector.
by Emma Walter
After struggling through poor
commodity prices and drought
in recent years, the Riverland's
citrus industry is experiencing a
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone
said while it had been a tough time for
local producers, there was "light at the end
of the tunnel".
He made the comments after recently
touring Venus Citrus' Loxton packing
shed, saying a "healthy" season and inno-
vative marketing spelled "good news" for
"The industry has been through the
wringer; sliced and diced during the
drought and with poor commodity prices.
But, I think they are all the better for it,"
"We're looking at the Costis, Ingersons
and other packing sheds who are now tak-
ing the bit between the teeth and promot-
ing their product.
"They're giving people a product with
a story behind it. It's not just a box of
oranges now, it's about giving people
the story -- from the farmer to the con-
As a former citrus grower himself, Mr
Whetstone said he was excited about what
was in store for the industry's future.
"The Riverland still supplies around 96
per cent of South Australia's citrus... it's
an important part of our local -- and state
-- economy," he said.
"I used to sell citrus to Costis when I
was a grower and to see where they have
come from... to where they are now is a
"From when I was last there the new
shed extensions and associated upgrades
have really come of age. It's a good, clean,
Mr Whetstone said he would continue
to lobby the Government for trade oppor-
tunities for the Riverland, in his position
as State Shadow Minister for Investment
Members of the Grains Research and
Development Corporation (GRDC) Southern
Regional Panel will be in Loxton tomorrow,
to assess cropping challenges affecting local
The panel began their annual week-long spring tour
in Swan Hill today, before travelling through Ouyen
As part of their tour, panel members will meet
with researchers, farming systems groups, advisers,
growers and policy decision makers to gain a greater
understanding of the most pressing agronomic issues
facing growers and future research priorities.
Southern Regional Panel chairman Keith Pengilley
said herbicide resistance and nitrogen management
would be the focus of this year's tour.
"Herbicide resistance and nitrogen management
have a major impact on growers' input costs and over-
all profitability," he said.
"We want to get a better handle on how these issues
are affecting growers and what more needs to be done
to address their needs through GRDC investments in
research, development and extension."
As part of their tour in the region, panel members
will visit the frost trial site at the Loxton Research
Centre, where they will meet with researchers and
discuss issues including frost and barley phenology.
Mr Pengilley said in previous years, they had
focused on a number of cropping challenges.
"This year we are taking a more investigative
approach by focusing on two key constraints," he
Mr Pengilley said that at the conclusion of the tours,
panel members would come together to discuss their
observations, findings and suggested actions.
"The annual spring tour is one of the most important
activities undertaken by panel members," he said.
"It provides us with a greater understanding of
growers' concerns and needs and this will help
to inform GRDC investments in relevant research,
development and extension, ensuring the best pos-
sible outcomes for growers."
Almond growers collaborate
Over 20 almond growers
from the Riverland and
interstate gathered at Century
Orchards last week for a
spray application field day.
The field day was instructed
by Californian applicator special-
ist, Matthew Strmiska, and pest
control advisor, Caroline Kay, in
conjunction with E. E. Muir and
Ms Kay said it was her fourth
visit to Australia, with each trip
"more and more beneficial".
"It has been a really good col-
laboration between the Australian
almond industry and the US
almond industry," she said.
"We have been talking about
how to get better control through
increased coverage of spray appli-
Ms Kay and Mr Strmiska pro-
vided both theory and practical
sessions throughout the day, with a
strong emphasis on efficiency.
"We are using softer chemistries
that are target specific so that we
can build the biodiversity of organ-
isms within an orchard and that
helps the growers," Ms Kay said.
"Better coverage is necessary
so we use those types of chemis-
Spray equipment, nozzle selec-
tion and technology, mixing
techniques, speed and coverage
were some of the topics discussed
throughout the presentation.
An in-field demonstration of
canopy and weedicide spray was
also carried out.
Mr Strimiska said said spray
applications paid a large role in
"We are really trying to move
into more sustainable agricultural,
that is our goal."
E. E. Muir and Sons sales agron-
omist Craig Simes said it was
an area that was not focused on
"With the cost of the chemicals
and fertilisers, it is really important
nowadays to be very sustainable in
what is being applied," he added.
At the spray application field day in Loxton recently was (from left) Century
Orchards technical officer Scott McKenzie, Strmiska crop consulting pest
control advisor Caroline Kay, Strmiska application consultant Matthew
Strmiska, E. E. Muir and Sons sales agronomist Craig Simes and E. E. Muir
and Sons regional manager Danny Thornton.
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