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Case IH 2388 with 30ft front waiting to start into poppies, from a few years back (think it was 2001 or 2002)
 

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Heading poppies with the same machine, on another property that same season (this crop ended up being the #1 crop for that district, in that season.
 

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No Ralf (what you can see in the foreground is a water weed called cumbungi).

here is a photo of poppies in flower

 

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Ok,

They are a water weed here, grow in ponds & dams mostly.

The poppies we grow produce morphine and other alkaloids, associated with pain relief.

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The seed is used for culinary purposes (no alkaolids / drugs in the seed) but the rest of the capsule & some of the straw contains the alkaloids. Opium poppy isnt really a "true technical" term (the poppy produces opium when it is green but we harvest ours dry). I guess you could call them morphine poppies (although there are 2-3 other main types, namely Thebaine & Noscapine).

 

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There might be minute traces in the seed but not enough to cause you any harm. In a normal poppy casule (or head) there is approx 1 dose of morphine.
 

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Yes, mostly forage harvesters used but combines were used when the crops were lodged or where crops were grown on raised beds.
 

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When done with combines it is cut low, when done with foragers it is cut higher (average crop is waist to shoulder height before harvest). With the forager, you are only taking the capsule (Seed head) + a minimum of straw (say 20 -30 cm / 8-12 inches).

The crop is taken to the processing factory, from the harvester (no cleaning or processing is done on farm),

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really interesting crops for farming !!

what are the prices that a farmer will get per acre?

or what is the yield and the price, just if you know
 

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Bushel,

Prices / returns arent as good now as they were a few years ago. Some crops returned (GROSS) $3500 - $4500 / Hectare (AUST $) this year but generally below this (due to frosts & the drought). Nett figures (less variable input costs) would be AUS $1000 - $2000 / Ha ($400 - $800 / acre).

The crop yields 1.5 - 2.5 tonnes / ha up to 4 tonnes / ha.

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