Australian Fruitgrower – Apr/May 2017

Well, 2017 is certainly in full swing with the first round of Future Orchards® walks now complete and harvest well and truly underway. We’ve been hearing promising reports from growers across the country with many suggesting this is the best season quality-wise they’ve seen in years. Yield may be down slightly but the quality, colour and flavour are all there.

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Grower profile

Exports have long formed a part of the Lenswood Cold Stores Co-operative Society’s business, but new apple varieties, innovations in the packing shed and new relationships with overseas customers are helping to boost the iconic South Australian business’ profile on the world stage.

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Orchard management

The Future Orchards® theme in the next 12 months is ‘Future Trees’ – this article is the first discussing this new theme and is focusing below the ground on rootstocks.

These Fuji trees on MM106 rootstock were killed when a blocked drain exposed them to water logging and phytophthora.
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With harvest in full swing, it’s timely to look at how orchardists can reduce their labour costs and to look at some interesting machines from Europe that can help.

Examples of a picking / harvest platforms, the Windegger K8.
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Marketing and exporting

With the start of the new season, there has been a spike in marketing activity from Hort Innovation with the commencement of their 2017 apple and pear marketing campaigns.

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Now is a good time to increase apple exports, and growers can take advantage by understanding the market and supply windows, and building relationships with partners.

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APAL held its ‘Apple and pear post-harvest seminar’ in Adelaide, South Australia, in January, attended by over 80 people. Many topics were covered aimed at improving the way apples and pears are grown, handled and stored pre-harvest in order to ensure quality going into cold storage.

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Snippets of the latest apple and pear research from all around the world covering pests and diseases; post-harvest; health, safety and consumer interest; and more.

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State reports

By |April 1st, 2017|Australian Fruitgrower|

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APAL is an industry representative body and non-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.