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TasCowboy 377064 244 Crops in North West Tasmania either
Crops in North West Tasmania
Some photos taken in 2006, in North West Tasmania.

This one is a carrot crop (fresh market) grown on mounds, like potatoes. The straw you can see in the middle of the shot & on the left hand side too is from rip / mulch lines, used to prevent soil erosion.

This photo was taken at Forth.
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Travelling irrigator in a Japanese Squash (Kabocha) at Forth.

Taken from a hill on a neighbouring property.
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Close up of wheat crop at Forth.
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Fresh market carrot crop at Sassafras
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Another of the previous crop. You can see a few bolters in the crop too.
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Nice pics Tas,

Always interesting to see how they grow things in other parts of the world.
In holland most of the carrots are grown on 75cm ridges, it's the only way you can lift them cleanly I suppose on heavyer land. On sand they grow them on beds.
Here around where I live in England they crow them on sandy soils on beds which they have to destone.
Do they do that too in Tasmania or aren't there too many stnes in the soil?
Greetings from the other side of the globe! :-D
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Thanks Bart,

Most of our carrots are grown in the rich red volcanic soils on the North West Coast of Tasmania. There are three major fresh market production companies + two processors.

The processing carrots for McCain & Simplot tend to be grown in beds (64 inch /160cm). The fresh market carrots are grown in 64 inch beds & in moulds (like potatoes), as per this photo & some others I posted a good while back (they grow 3 rows per mould, not sure if these are 64 inch wheel spacing, think they might be).

We do have stones but dont use destoners (they are not usually a limiting factor, as most of the bad stones have been cleared from paddocks (fields) years ago).

The fresh market carrots are lifted with Asalift & Simon machines while the processing carrots are lifted with modified twin row elevator type potato harvesters (Grimme & Kverneland).

Cheers,

The Cowboy ;-)
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Have posted this one again Bart to show you the mould & what it looks like. This is the same paddock as the last two photos, earlier on in it's growing season. It also shows you the colour of the soil.
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