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TasCowboy 354307 244 Newly sown Poppies on Raised Beds either
Newly sown Poppies on Raised Beds
Newly sown poppies on raised beds, Cressy, Tasmania 2003.

You can see the Accord airseeder (from some of my previous poppy drilling shots) working up towards the top of the pic.

The beds got too wet during the winter, so we had to sow them in early spring. The paddock still had some wet holes in it & the tractor was spinning a few times (but being a Massey, it got through :-)
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Re: Newly sown Poppies on Raised Beds
What are poppies exactly???
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Re: Newly sown Poppies on Raised Beds
I'm interested too...

What are poppies, and what are they used for?
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They are a plant grown for the production of opiates such as morphine & thebaine. When you have a headache & take a tablet like Panadol, it is derived from these opiates (one called codeine is a major component in these sort of products).

Check out some of my posts in field crops, for some pics of poppy crops at various stages
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Re: Newly sown Poppies on Raised Beds
Thanks!
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TasCowboy,
Are poppies one of the major crops grown in Tasmania? because i see a lot of your pictures are poppy related.
Do they harvest the whole plant when it is ready or just the seed?
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Yes they are or I should say were Huib. This year the area grown is down but it did peak at 20000+ Hectares a few seasons ago (this season I think there is 8-9000 Ha planted). There is a glut on the world market at present, so the price & demand is down.

The capsule (seed head) & a minimum of straw is harvested. There is no opiates in the seed, it is the stuff you find on bakery products (poppy seed rolls) & is also used in cooking (poppyseed cake).

The capsule (seed pod) & the top part of the stem contain the opiates (such as morphine, codeine, thebaine, etc).
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