Growers suffering from floods advised to test for contaminants

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Growers suffering from floods advised to test for contaminants

GROWERS in New South Wales and south-east Queensland, major potato growing regions in Australia, have lost millions of pounds in crops and infrastructure after the area experienced the worst flooding seen in decades, earlier this year.

Potatoes are a key horticultural crop grown in the south-east region. The Limestone Coast
produces 45% of the state’s potatoes and NSW grows one tenth of the Australian potato crop.

VegNET, an organisation set up by Hort Innovation and the vegetable industry to communicate research-based information to Australian growers, is helping growers by providing information and advice on flood recovery, soil testing and more.

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Biological contaminants in the flood waters is a real risk, and the organisation says soil testing is imperative.

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