European apple and pear production study tour 2018

APAL is currently seeking expressions of interest from growers who would like to participate in a two-week tour of the European apple and pear production areas of Italy, Germany and Poland in August 2018.

Touring these three different regions will provide participants with a rare opportunity to view first hand the range of orchard systems being implemented.

Study tours offer an excellent opportunity to see first hand the techniques and practices applied by overseas growers to apple and pear production. Picture taken in Washington State, February 2017.

We will focus on modern commercial production systems, experimental orchards, mechanisation, quality, monitoring, orchard machinery, new technologies, new varieties, rootstocks, spray drift,  chemical application and usage.

The tour will be held from 19 to 31 August, 2018.

In Italy the tour will visit the alpine growing areas of South Tyrol and Trentino.  This region is one of the most concentrated apple production regions in the world, offering a vast range of experimental and commercial orchards to view.

From Italy the tour will travel to Germany and the growing area of Lake Constance, finishing in Poland, with a look at the Polish apple industry.

For this tour participants will be required to arrange their own flights, however the tour will organise appropriate accommodation and land transport.

The itinerary is still under development due to the challenges of going to less-charted districts, however early expressions of interest are invited as numbers will be limited.

Growers interested in viewing the notes from the previous Washington State Tour report please contact Angus Crawford.

Participants pay just the cost of participating including their own airfares, accommodation and other arrangements necessary for the trip.

Organisation and delivery of this study tour is funded by the Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Innovation and Adoption Program – AP15004 which is the program that delivers the  Future Orchards®  program and many other activities for the industry.

If you would like to know more or simply register your interest please contact Angus Crawford at the APAL office on 03 9329 3511 or by emailing

Previous tours

Australian growers visit Washington apple industry

APAL 2015 European study tour

By |May 2nd, 2018|Future Orchards, News, Opportunities|

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Technical Manager, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd
03 9329 3511