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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Authors

D F. Beech

Keywords

Safflower, Cultivation, Production possibilities, Kimberley region (W.A.), Western Australia

First Page Number

181

Last Page Number

187

Abstract

EXPERIMENTS with irrigated safflower carried out at the Kimberley Research Station have shown that the crop is well adapted to the local conditions.

In recent years yields of 2,000 to 3,000 lb. per acre have been generally obtained. Oil content of the main variety under trial varied between 33 and 35 per cent.

Locally produced safflower oil could help to make the Australian paint industry largely independent of imports.

Safflower meal is a protein-rich concentrate and could have considerable impact on the Kimberley cattle industry.

Safflower is likely to play an important part in the early development of irrigation agriculture on the Ord plains.

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