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Murwillumbah Show 2019

19 December 2019

Despite tough growing conditions, the quality of bananas at this year’s Murwillumbah Show was ‘outstanding’ according to judges. Growers were competing for more than $...

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Fundraising Feast

19 December 2019

Neville Duncan, Innisfail Floatilla Commander, receives the funds raised at the 2018 event on behalf of the Australian Volunteer Coastguard – Innisfail Division. He’s pictured with BGA Chair Dean Sint...

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Tully Sustainable Farming Day

19 December 2019

Almost 100 people attended the Tully Sustainable Farming Day, held on November 8. The event, which was an initiative of the extension network including the Australian Banana Growers&rsq...

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BCU starts new chapter

19 December 2019

new era began for members of the New South Wales- based Bananacoast Credit Union on November 1. Almost five decades after a formation meeting was held in the Country Women’s Assoc...

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Annual banana volumes

19 December 2019

The national banana levy collected by the Federal Department of Agriculture is compulsory for commercial banana growers. It is 2.19 cents per kilogram of bananas sold. The dollars collected show an es...

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Bananas maintain position as #1 energy snack

19 December 2019

The latest wave of Consumer Tracking results, an impromptu Triple J banana fest and spots in nine of the ten top mainstream television programmes are among the latest Australian Bananas marketing...

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The secret’s in the slope

19 December 2019

Banana grower Jason Gentle with Cooper on his property. By Amy Spear The first thing you notice when arriving at Jason Gentle’s banana plantation, near Coffs Harbour in New South Wal...

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Under the Microscope: Moko Disease

19 December 2019

Figure 1: Rapid yellowing, wilting and collapse of leaves. Figure 2Figure 3Figure 4Figure 5Figure 6Figure 7 A regular feature in Australian Bananas magazine, Under the Microscope profiles th...

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A sweet value add

19 December 2019

Bananas from the Sweeter Banana Co-Operative feature in new West Australian product Gelavo. By Amy Spear At this time of year, it’s hard to think of a better treat than a tub of cold, ...

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What is a good idea if it remains an idea?

19 December 2019

Innovation trial update  Entomopathogenic nematode and banana weevil borer laboratory experimentsBell injection trialsApplying entomopathogenic nematode to harvested pseudostems in the field...

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Frontline attack against Panama TR4

19 December 2019

By Lea Coghlan and Sarah Flenley, Biosecurity Queensland Finding Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) early and destroying the infected plants means less disease can build up in the soil w...

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MIP inter-row erosion trial

19 December 2019

All growers know that bananas require year-round paddock work, which means there is greater risk of erosion in wet conditions. As part of a major reef water quality project, Innisfail banana...

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Reef project helps growers reduce run-off

19 December 2019

Grower Satinderjit Sing Gill works with Soil Conservationist Darryl Evans to design contours on his farm. This work was funded by the Reef Trust III program. By Amelia Foster, BMP Coordinator Ban...

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Crunch time for leaf spot

19 December 2019

Growers are reminded that now is the time to get leaf spot under control as the wet season, humidity and hot weather is upon us. It is much easier to keep inoculum levels low (under the...

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Matt’s moving on

19 December 2019

Matt Weinert, with Golden Dawn’s Paul Gibbins, who he has worked closely with over the past few years, including with packed product and reject analysis. Matt with grower David Tate in the field...

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A moment for McCuddens

18 December 2019

The team at McCuddens Bananas aren’t afraid of hard work... or a practical joke. Long-time locals and surf-loving tourists will tell you that Valla, on the New South Wales mid-north coast, is an ...

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All in to tackle trespass

18 December 2019

In light of trespass concerns, members of the Cassowary Coast Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) Feral Pig Eradication Program issued a joint media statement to further educate the general public about the ...

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NextGen Top End tour

18 December 2019

The Next Gen tour group taking in the trials under way at Coastal Plains Research Farm in the Northern Territory. Seeing first hand again the devastation that TR4 brings, and the massive priorit...

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35 years fighting Bunchy Top

18 December 2019

Retired Bunchy Top inspector Tom Maher. After more than three decades as a Bunchy Top inspector, much-loved character Tom Maher began his well-deserved retirement earlier this year...

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Bunchy Top’s next chapter well under way

18 December 2019

Project Manager David Peasley and inspector Wayne Shoobridge demonstrating how to identify Bunchy Top. Bunchy Top inspectors have hit the steep slopes of South East Queensland and Northern New&...

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Export insights from Asia Fruit Logistica

18 December 2019

Matt Abbott, Good Life Organics and Brad Harvey, MacKays Marketing informing trade show attendees.Brendan Poppi, a grower of Eco Bananas, and Nutrano’s Chaise Pensini at the Australian Bananas stand. ...

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Banana nutrient trial reaches milestone

17 December 2019

A banana nutrient rate trial comparing current nitrogen fertiliser use in commercial banana production systems with new minimum standard (nitrogen fertiliser) application rates reached a maj...

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