Katherine grower expects smaller yield

LATE FLOWERING: Pinata Farms managing director Gavin Scurr believes the yield for this season's Honey Gold mango crop will be down compared to two exceptional years beforehand.

Honey Gold mangoes producer Pinata Farms expects smaller crop.

A bit of colour for grape trial

ADDING APPEAL: Dr Ali Sarkhosh (left) and technical officers Glen Oliver and Peter Bidgood treated Flame seedless grapes at Ti Tree in Central Australia to improve their colour.

A bit of colour is being added to grapes grown in Central Australia.

Christmas cheer squad

Darcy Douglas swings his axe in aid of the Mitchell Christmas Tree Drive.

Celebrating Christmas cheer in Mitchell

Old tools come back out

NEW IDEAS: Strategic cultivation can be used to combat herbicide resistance.

Agronomist Paul McIntosh talks herbicide resistance.

Ward family carcase kings in CQ comp

ON SHOW: Rockhampton State High School, 2016 champion led steer, WCC Bettis 114 (Burt), sire Bonnydale Bettis H204, dam WCC foundation brangus cow.

Mike Ward from Jardine is king of carcase competition.

Fracking inquiry terms released

Lauren Mellor, from Frack-Free NT, has welcomed the scope of the terms of reference for the inquiry into fracking, but along with others has questioned the make-up of the expert panel.

An independent inquiry into fracking in the NT will be held.

Race for smashing pumpkin records

WINNER: Minden's Geoff Frohloff with his 2016 first (202kg) and third (168kg) pumpkins.

Entries open for big pumpkin competition

Oncology forgotten in Centre health boost

The oncology unit at the Alice Springs Hospital is set to be re-located, which will give patients more privacy. However, there is no funding set aside to expand the service.

Alice Springs Hospital's oncology unit will move but not expand.

Great lesson in Christmas book

COUNTRY HEART:  Author Cori Brooke has dedicated her latest book to farmers.

Children's book tells the story of drought

Young woman's plans to keep family tradition alive

Kate with Jake Nelder and the new mob of cattle they purchased together.

Twenty-year-old hopes to take over family's NT cattle station

Backpacker tax passes Senate with a $100m string

Malcolm Turnbull... win for farmers.

Greens in deal with Turnbull government to get package through

Backpacker tax could pass at 15%

BACKPACKER TAX: Visa workers could be deterred from picking in places like Tinaberries farm in Bundaberg. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

18 months of debate surrounding tax

How blind Sadam is reaching for the stars

Sadam Ahmed has never been one to be held back by his blindness.

How technology is the window to the world for former refugee

Backpacker tax: 'Just settle this bloody thing'

GREAT WORKERS: Fruit pickers (from left) Jin, Kaylee and May pluck fresh fruit at Cherry Park and make up some of the large international workforce on the Granite Belt during the picking season.

Key crossbenchers want a 13% tax rate

Farmer critical after 72 hours trapped under hay baler

He had suffered a “severe crush injury”

Our farmers' leading lady

NEW LEADER: National Farmers' Federation president Fiona Simson with her husband Ed and son Tom on the family's mixed cropping and grazing property in New South Wales.

NFF president determined to see regional Australia grow.

Future tools for farmers on show

NEW INNOVATION: QUT Professor Tristan Perez with Harvey, an automotive capsicum harvester, at the AgFutures Innovation and Investment Conference in Brisbane.

Innovation sets the pace for prospersous agriculture industry

Cracking a hard nut problem

Husque owner Marc Harrison displayed his creations at the AgFutures Innovation and Investment Conference.

Artist finds new use for nut waste product.

Cattle train heralds $60M expansion at abattoir

Oakey Beef Exports general manager Pat Gleeson overlooks the boning room. Oakey Abattoir opening of Bio-Gas plant Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

The project will see staff numbers increase to 1500

Rain misses Queensland graziers

Somerset region graziers are battling dry conditions. Mum Annette Schimke took this photo on her parents' property. Her daughter, Makeea, helps out on the farm when she can.

South-east Queensland graziers miss out on rain

Raising 'the steaks' of competition

WINNING MOB: Berry Reynolds and Gary Noller walking Yulgilbar Pastoral Company's pen of santa gertrudis X angus cattle that were the winners of Class 38 this year.

Entries opening for the RNA's Paddock to Palate Competition

Shoalwater expansion land buy up raises concerns

THE FULL impact on property owners in the Shoalwater Bay will not be known until March 2017.

Monto Hospital gets chemotherapy

Director of Nursing Tracey Pattie led the charge in setting up the service in Monto for patients like Kim Pointon.

Tele-chemo service launches in Monto Hospital.

Drought conditions impact Lockyer Valley farmers

The house dam on Bruce Greer's dam is dry. In the time he's lived at his farm, it's never been empty.

Farmers concerned over lack of water

Orman to race the best in Queensland series

IN FORM: Jimmy Orman will represent Queensland in the Origin Jockey Series.

Can the Queensland jockeys hold off Australia's best?

Dr Mathews honoured for his service to rural health

COUNTRY DOCTOR: Dr Robin Matthews, awarded the 2016 NSW Rural Medical Service Award for more than 35 years of service to medicine in the Lower Clarence.

Maclean GP of 38 years recognised with Rural Medical Service Award

Road with same name as terrorist group gets new moniker

A Rural View street may have its name changed due to an unfortunate correlation with the ISIS terrorist organisation, depending on a Mackay Regional Council decision.

ISIS link behind Rural View road name change

Gamba orders to be enforced

The Weed Management Branch has started a rigorous process of inspecting properties identified as having high risk gamba grass infestations.

Researchers keep tabs on barramundi

Dr David Crooke and Brendan Adair implanting a tracker into one of the barramundi in the Roper River.

More than 100 barramundi have been tagged in the Roper River.

End of TPP may spark bilateral trade push

OUTCOME: Northern Territory Live Export Association CEO Stuart Kemp, at the Berrimah Export Yards near Darwin, believes the TPP would not really have any effect on the live export trade.

The predicted collapse of the proposed TPP will affect the North.

Backpacker tax debate 'a debacle' for Australia

WORKFORCE: While the debate about the rate of backpacker tax rages on in Federal Parliament, the true damage done to industries such as mango farming may be felt for years to come.

The damage may have already been done in backpacker tax debate.