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TasCowboy 341342 244 Raised Beds either
Raised Beds
Newly sown Opium Poppies being grown on raised beds, Cressy,
Tasmania, Australia, August 2006.

The beds are based around 1.81 metre (72 inch) wheelings &
measure 1.4 metres across the top of the bed. The beds are
used in poorer drained soils / low lying paddocks to improve
drainage & therefore crop performance (as poppies will not
tolerate wet feet).

I will post more poppy crop pictures soon :-)
Re: Raised Beds
this is a legal crop? I think it is a drug

Re: Raised Beds
Yes it is a narcotic drug but in Tasmania farmers can grow
it legally (under contract to one of the two current
pharmacutical companies in the state). They also need a
licence from the state government to grow the crop & need to
have a police check done on them before they are issued a

It is a highly regulated industry & until recntly quite a
large one for the state (with approx 15000 Hectares grown
annually). On a world basis, Tasmania is one of the top
producers alongside India, Turkey, France & Spain.
Re: Raised Beds
"On a world basis, Tasmania is one of the top producers
alongside India, Turkey, France & Spain."

And Afghanistan? ;-)

Thanks for posting, it's an unusual crop so I am interested
to learn more as you post more pictures....
Re: Raised Beds
Very interesting crop... And the way you seed them is very
usual for us;-) In Holland we used to seed the flowerbulbs
the same way, on raised beds, 1.50m wide.

Re: Raised Beds

I should have said LEGAL producers; I do believe that the
crop in Afghanistan may be ending up in the illicit trade.

The crops we grow here dont produce opium as such, they
produce 2 major alkaloids Morphine & Thebaine (guess I
shouldnt refer to them as opium poppies). I believe that
they grow a different sort of poppy in Eastern Europe, just
for the seed (used in baking & for human consumption).

Shall post some more pics over the next week or so :-)

Rony, not all of the crops are grown on these beds; I shall
post some pics soon of the different seed drills used +
harvesting machinery too :-)
Re: Raised Beds
I know, we don't seed on beds anymore since we live in
Canada;-) We grow Beans, Wheat, and Beets now.

What crops do you guys grow beside this opium?

Take care
Re: Raised Beds
Hi Rony :-)

The other crops we grow here in Tasmania are quite diverse;
I dont farm personally but am employed in the rural

Here is a list of some of the crops grown in my area;

Potatoes, Green Peas, Poppies, Onions, Green Beans, Ryegrass
Seed, White Clover Seed, Broccoli, Brassica Seeds (Cabbage,
Pak Choi, Canola), Lucerne, Wheat, Barley, Triticale,
Peppermint (for oil), Fennel (for oil), Fescue Seed, Lupini
Beans, Marrowfat Peas, Squash, Carrots, Field Peas, Faba
Beans, Parsley (for oil) & Borlotti beans.


Craig :-)
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