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Here is February's News from TP Jones & Tas Ag Services!


The recent outbreak of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) larvae in stone fruit from Tasmania poses a significant risk to this states’ horticultural industry. QFF will attack a broad range of crops including stone fruit and apple and pear as well as berry crops and many fruiting and green vegetables such as capsicum and cauliflower. Biosecurity Tasmania has set up quarantine zones (15km radius) around the hotspots, and fruit and vegetable growers (commercial and backyard) within these zones might need to consider monitoring their own crops to prevent further outbreaks.

With the restricted number of chemical control options available to control the pest, having in place a well-constructed and executed Intergrated Pest Management (IPM) program is the most effective way to monitor, prevent and manage any potential outbreak. A key first step is to use traps to monitor what flies are present in the crop and in how big a number.

TP Jones & Co. are trained in the use of the revolutionary “Fruition” Lure and Traps from AgNova. Specifically designed to target mature, egg-laying female QFF, “Fruition” Lures and blue traps attract the females at the stage of their lifecycle where they can directly damage crops and so are an ideal monitoring tool for preventing a potential infestation of QFF. TP Jones & Co can help growers to set up a program for each crop and site, providing ongoing agronomic advice and support in the case of a positive identification of the pest.

For more information on “Fruition” QFF lures and traps, or managing QFF on your orchard or farm, please contact Heather Cosgriff, TP Jones Latrobe 0459 162 024.

Are you looking for answers to these pasture questions?
  • What is going to best suit my rotation (considering water availability & persistence)?
  • How much feed can I potentially grow?
  • How am I going to utilise the forage or pasture I grow?
  • When is the best time to manage weeds, pests, animal health & nutrition issues?
When resowing a paddock there are many things to consider. With hundreds of products available to choose from which of these will optimise your management goals and offer your business a profitable return on investment.
TP Jones have a team of Agronomists with many years experience and we also have the largest pasture seed production hectares under management in Tasmania.
We can help you select the right products to suit your environment and expectations by providing prescription blends and advise best suited to your enterprise, We can also offer pasture monitoring and nutrition packages to maximise your returns.
TP Jones also have distribution of new high yielding wheat varieties such as, Manning (white), Hekto (red) & RGT Accroc (limited supply for 2018), and newly released Planet Barley to name a few.
For more details please contact your local TP Jones | Tas Ag Services Representative.

The Longford Red Meat Group (LRMG) trial at Ratho, Bothwell is comparing the profitability of four different irrigated grazing systems:
  • Clover rotational (CR)
  • Clover set stocked (CS)
  • Ryegrass rotational (GR)
  • Ryegrass set stocked (GS)
The question the group wants to answer from this project is how to maximise the gross margin per hectare in irrigated grazing systems, over a 12 month period. The trial is assessing both the breeding and finishing system. The results from the lambing period (1 September) through to weaning (28 November) have been analysed and are summarised here.
Summary of lambing through to weaning

The trial lambs were marked on 4 October, and the results from marking are available by clicking here The gross margin per hectare of the treatments for the lambing period are as follows

* these expenses do not include capital costs (fencing and trough infrastructure)
# expenses include ewe purchases, irrigation, supplementary feed, labour, animal husbandry, animal deaths

To read more from the LRMG update please click here

Campylobacter is common throughout many sheep flocks in Australia. It is suggested that there are annual losses in most flocks causing a reduction in maiden ewe marking percentages of between 5-10%. Identifying Campylobacter can be as easy as asking yourself the following questions:
  1. Is there a noticeable gap between your scanning and marking?
  2. Are your maidens marking fewer lambs than your older ewes?
  3. Are your marking percentages lower than the district norm?
  4. Have you noticed any abortions, still-births or weak lambs?
  5. Have you seen any blood stained breaches at shearing or crutching
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions,you may have Campylobacter on your property.

Prevention of Campylobacter is possible through vaccination. Campyvax is an highly effective vaccine that is administered to maiden ewes prior to joining and again at joining. To read more about Campylobacter please click here. To discuss your Campylobacter treatment plan further please contact your local TP Jones | Tas Ag Services represenative.

Tasmanian Made for Tasmanian Conditions
In any grazing system you can't afford to not fertilise. Apart from water and sunlight, Phosphorous is one the key components required to grow good quality pasture and lots of it. Phosphorus is the main element in Sngle Superphosphate (SSP).

Phosphorus (P) is essential for plant growth and has a major role in promoting early root growth. P gives plants better resistance to cold and moisture stress. Research has shown that fertilised pastures produce on average 10 to 15kg dry matter per mm rain compared to unfertilised pastures which produce 1 to 5kg DM/ha/mm rain. Late summer and autumn is considered the best time to optimise autumn and winter feed and limit damaged to paddocks due to drier conditions.

To organise your autumn order or to discuss any other queries you may have in regards to SSP & Phosphorus please contact your local TP Jones | Tas Ag Services Representative.

Don’t be caught out this fire season, prepare with a Davey firefighting pump and keep your property safe. TP Jones also stock and have access to a range of water transfer pumps as well as Davey household pumps and accessories. Contact us for your water transfer needs.

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