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TasCowboy 348301 244 Irrigating poppies either
Irrigating poppies
Trailco T-300 Travelling gun irrigator watering poppies.

Perth, Tasmania, Australia. Summer 1999.
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Another paddock, on the same property as the previous pic.

The irrigator has finished this run & is on another (out of shot, out to the right).
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I should have mentioned that this last pic was taken in Summer 2000/01 & is actually the same paddock that the airseeder is drilling (see my pic under seeders & planters, poppy drills 2).
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Very interesting TasCowboy. I am enjoying your poppie related photos as it's something I know nothing about...
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hi
taz the poppies is for macking OPIO?
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Thanks guys :-)

Stu, glad you are enjoying the pics. I have plenty more & shall continue to post them over time.

Rui,

There are many alkaloids in this type of poppy (papaver soniferum) that we grow here, the main ones being morphine, thebaine, codeine, oripavin & noscapine.

Opium does come from the poppy but while it is still green (see some of my other pics showing green capsule poppies). The plant changes the opium into these other alkaloids as it matures.

Therefore in India (where most of the legal opium comes from), crops are harvested green, where we (+ Turkey, Spain & France) harvest our crops dry.

Teams of women go through the green crops & harvest the opium gum in India (very labour intensive)!

We let our crops dry off & use mechanical harvesters (alot easier). With these machines, we can harvest 45- 50 acres (18 -20 hectares) per day, in good yielding crops, even higher in light / poorer crops (we have actually done over 100 acres / 40 hectares before in a day, a few seasons ago, in very light crops)!
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Another one, on the same property, 2000.
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