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account for nearly 75 per
cent of sales with major
markets in Europe,
India, the Middle East,
New Zealand and Asia.
“This is also an
to bring together the
and scientific leaders
at the Loxton Research
Almond Board of
Australia chief execu-
tive officer Ross Skinner
said the centre would
add “significant research
capacity” to the indus-
“The rapid growth
by the industry has out-
paced the availability of
researchers with experi-
ence in almond produc-
tion,” he said.
“It has also high-
lighted the need for an
experimental orchard to
accelerate the evaluation
of the very promising
new varieties from the
University of Adelaide
which are more suitable
to Australian soils and
“The industry looks
forward to working
with researchers and
Australia in develop-
ing the future research
program that will uti-
lise the resources that
the Ministers have
“This will ultimately
benefit not only almond
producers, but also the
State Minister for
Geoff Brock said fund-
ing for research was part
of an agreement he had
with the Premier.
I’m delighted the State
Government and the
board have agreed to
this initiative going
ahead in the Riverland,”
“It recognises the
potential for signifi-
cant industry growth
in the region and more
broadly, leading to more
Loxton being chosen as the home for
a national almond centre of excellence is
thanks to years of lobbying, according to a
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone yesterday
welcomed the announcement that an $11million
almond centre of excellence would be established at
the Loxton Research Centre.
Mr Whetstone said he spent months meeting with
ministers and industry stakeholders urging the State
Government to invest
in the centre of excellence.
“With a number of properties taken out of
production during drought, the centre of excellence
may be able to assist in diversifying industries in the
region,” he said. “Not only will this project create
much needed jobs but it will be a worldwide base for
new variety trials and for collaboration.
“Almonds are a major contributor to Australia’s
exports, with sales exceeding $300 million last year.
“Given growth in consumption of almonds in export
destinations in the past 12 months, the almond centre
of excellence will assist South Australia to become a
world leader in the industry.”
MP: Lobbying pays off
Home of excellence
by Laura Eckert
Despite the lack of
rain, some local farmers
with their tractors and
air seeders in tow – will
take to the paddocks in an
attempt to sow before the
break of the season.
While Loxton has only
received 39.6mm of rain so far
this year, farmers at Loxton’s
Bulla Burra started seeding last
week in a bid to produce “high
“It’s still quite early, but
we’ve got to get growing while
we’ve got a bit of moisture,”
said Andrew Biele, farm man-
“If we wait we’ll be sowing
into April and June and it just
gets too late and we are spread-
ing out risk of getting caught
Mr Biele said the farmers will
crop almost 6000ha of wheat,
along with 3000ha of canola
and 2000ha of barley.
“We are actually trying a
lot of new varieties this year
including lentals and different
peas,” Mr Biele said.
“Once we start we won’t stop,
we’ll just keep going until we
finish at the end of May.”
While the town recorded sig-
nificantly more rain last year
giving growers the confidence
to begin seeding – Mr Biele
says he is “not worried”.
“While it’s extremely dry,
there’s some moisture down
below the soil,” he said.
“Last year we had really bad
frost, almost to the stage where
some of the the guys didn’t even
reap some of their paddocks.
“Every year is different – one
year we had mice, so that’s why
we spread our risk and start
Mr Biele said the farm is
using a ‘no-till’ method, which
creates minimal soil disturbance
and weed growth.
“With this system we can
actually sow dry and the grain
won’t germinate until the rain
comes”, he said.
“We are doing traffic control
now, so we only drive on the
“Only two per cent is pressed
and the rest is aired out and
Mr Biele said the farm is also
using new ‘weedit’ machinery.
“The machine just sprays
exactly where the weeds are
and you don’t waste the chem-
“We normally use three tanks
to spray the paddock, this barely
uses a tank.”
Loxton’s Bulla Burra farmers Andrew Biele (left), Karl Henning and Craige Kahl have started seeding
wheat, canola and barley before the break of the season.
Loxton is gearing up to host
its second pedal prix super
series next month.
Round 1 of the 2015 UniSA
Australian HPV Super Series,
by the Loxton
Community Hotel, will comprise 90
Teams will compete on the 1.5km
Loxton track on Sunday, May 3, from
10am to 4pm, and reach speeds in
excess of 60km/hr.
Loxton Waikerie Council chief
executive officer Peter Ackland said
he was pleased with the event’s spon-
sorship from the Loxton Community
Hotel, which will continue for the next
“We appreciate the hotel’s enthusi-
astic response in supporting this com-
munity event,” he said.
“We also welcome on board and
thank gold sponsors Hentschke
Transport and Loxton Community
Centre, and silver sponsors Loxton
Rotary Club, Loxton Pizza Bar and
Loxton Community Hotel chairman
Wendy Mudge said she believed the
event had the potential to provide
significant economic benefit to the
“As a community owned facility, the
hotel is delighted to be able to play a
role in ensuring success of the event
into the future,” she said.
The hotel’s sponsorship consists of
a cash component and advertising ser-
vices for the three-year period.
Organisers have advised locals
to grab a spot along Bookpurnong
or East Terrace early to watch the
A trophy presentation ceremony will
be held in East Terrace at the comple-
tion of the event.
The teams competing are divided
into four categories:
• Category 1 (Primary): Students in
years 6 and 7, each team can have up
to 20 riders.
• Category 2 (Junior Secondary):
Riders under the age of 16, each
team can have up to 14 riders per
• Category 3 (Senior Secondary):
Riders under the age of 18, each team
can have up to 12 riders per team.
• Category 4 (Open): Riders 18
years and over.
The inaugural Loxton stage of the
UniSA Australian HPV Super Series,
which was held in 2014, was awarded a
commendation at the 2014 Mainstreet
Pedal prix super
Locals are invited to attend a
special dinner to commemorate
Anzac Day centenary at the
Loxton Club on Friday, April
Loxton High School guest speakers
Wendy Matson and Joel McDonald
will give a presentation to the crowd.
Dinner co-ordinator Chris Botting
said he also expected a large crowd at
the April 25 dawn service.
“It’s about remembering those who
sacrificed themselves and served, so
we have the life we live today,” he
The dinner costs $25 and will
include two course meal.
To make a booking, contact Chris
Botting on 0418 851 270.
Commemorating Anzac centenary
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