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Month: June 2016

Roberts NZ study tour

From the 21st- 29th of April, Roberts Limited hosted 26 customers on a study tour to New Zealand. The trip was a great success with a broad range of customers being able to find something of interest as the group toured the South Island of NZ.
The tour based themselves in Queenstown for the first few nights, visiting properties including a whiskey distillery & vineyards; deer, sheep & cattle farms; along with seeing the sights of Queenstown. From there they moved north visiting the current NZ farmer of the year on their fine wool & cattle farm before stopping for the night at Omarama.


Damian Meaburn, Ryan Ashby, Andrew Calvert, Scott Reardon & Scott Leighton after their helicopter ride at Cattler Flat Station at Wanaka

For the rest of the trip the group was based at Methven and visited everything from potato growers & chip processors through to bull beef, dairy grazing, intensive lamb fattening and robotic dairy operations. The group also toured a sock making facility (that makes socks out of Tasmanian Merino wool).

The Tour Group at Glenfalloch on the edge of Rakaia Gorge.

Andrew Calvert lead the group and was joined by Scott Leighton, Richard Mollineaux, Damian Meaburn, Nick Towns & Ryan Ashby. The trip was a great success and we look forward to sharing details of similar study tours moving forward.

Slug Control in Tasmanian Crops and Pastures

With recent good rainfalls in Tasmania it is imperative to be on the lookout for slugs on emerging crops. Slugs are a serious pest on many crops and pastures, as adoption of minimum tillage practices increase on Tasmanian farms.

 

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Less tillage combined with retention of residues (stubbles) enables greater food sources and shelter for these pests. Slugs can kill seeds and eat plant tissue on germinating, often whole seedlings are consumed. Slug damage is often under estimated as they are mostly active at night.

 

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Metarex from Agnova was originally developed for European conditions, and performs long after inferior baits have collapsed. Metarex has a consistent pellet size that flows smoothly and spreads evenly for optimum coverage. The unique formulation is resistant to shattering which means more baits reach the ground when applied by spinner type spreaders. With approximately 60,000 baits per kilogram, Metarex has a consistent size and number of effective bait points per square metre, that provides optimum crop and pasture protection.

Metarex is an all-weather slug and snail bait that provides fast, consistent control, even under wet and difficult conditions in Tasmania. Paddock monitoring early morning or evening is essential for determining the presence of slugs and snails. A wet hessian bag or slug mat placed on newly sown paddocks should be standard agronomic practice.

For more information contact your local Roberts agronomist in Tasmania.

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