Charles, Alex, 5, and Andrew Dowling inspect mature poppies on their farm at Cressy. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON Charles, Alex, 5, and Andrew Dowling inspect mature poppies on their farm at Cressy. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON
TASMANIAN poppy farmers are keeping their fingers crossed that poor weather doesn’t damage this year’s $50 million crop.
Promises for next year of guaranteed minimum area and prices from GlaxoSmithKline and competitive pricing offers from Tasmanian Alkaloids suggest that the State’s five-year poppy downturn is over. After a dry start to the season, most crops are looking good, but with only a few weeks to go before harvesting, the crop is approaching its most vulnerable as poppy heads start to dry.
Heavy rains or strong winds towards the end of January will reduce the amount of alkaloid in the poppies, reducing the return to farmers.
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