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Technical annual report 2000-01



Technical annual report 2000-01


Dept. of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical annual report; Department of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical and annual report; Reports; PublicationNT; Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295




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Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295



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Technical Annual Report 2000/01 105 Table 1. Number of properties surveyed for snake bean Fot in the Darwin Region, March 2001 Locality Infected Not infected Snake beans not grown Total Humpty Doo 3 4 5 12 Buckley Rd 13 3 6 22 Wanderrie Rd 6 4 2 12 Lambells Lagoon 3 0 1 4 Berry Springs 1 2 0 3 Darwin River 3 1 1 5 Total 29 (50%) 14 (24%) 15 (26%) 58 Out of all farms surveyed, 15 (26%) had never grown snake beans on their properties. Of the remaining 43, which had grown beans in the past, 73% were infected. Observations have also indicated that several new blocks had become infected since the survey. New lines of snake beans are being brought into Darwin and tested for resistance to Fot. A report on this work can by found in the Resource Protection TAR. PROJECT: Kabocha Variety Trial Project Officers: C. Kinnaird, J.Bright, M. Gosbee and R. Renfree Location: KRS Objective: To determine whether viable yields could be produced from kabocha cultivars in the Katherine Region. Background: In 1999, five varieties of kabocha were grown in a trial at Katherine. Quality was good; however yields were low compared with other regions. This can probably be improved this year with better N control and careful management of pollination. The other possibility was that low temperatures experienced last year reduced fruit set. Five of the most promising varieties were selected from the previous year's results. These were Tetsukabuto, T110, Sweet Mama, Pacifica and Delica. Kurijiman was also included, as this is one of the main varieties grown by NZ and exported fresh to Japan. This trial is part of the RIRDC project Consolidating the Asian vegetable industry, number CQU-10a. This project also includes more information on kabocha grown in several locations nationally, which will be available from RIRDC in late 2001. Method: The crop was planted on 19 May 2000. Three randomised plots per variety were used. There were 10 plants per plot, with 1 m spacing within the rows and 1.5 m between the rows. Flowering started on 3 June 2000. There were two occasions during the trial when irrigation was interrupted for several days due to pump breakdown. Upon rewatering, many fruit split. Two harvests were conducted, one on 15 September 2000 to remove the worst of the split fruit, and the main harvest on 4 October 2000, 138 days after planting.