Australian Fruitgrower – Aug/Sep 2018

It was good to see so many of you at Hort Connections for an interesting few days covering new technology and research and my congratulations go to our APAL Awards for Excellence 2018 recipients.

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Profile

The first block of trees Huon Valley fifth-generation apple grower Scott Stevenson pushed out after taking over the family orchard business was the same block his father Adrian first planted when he began running the business 38 years earlier.

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Orchard management

AgFirst’s John Wilton helps us to understand the myriad factors that help deliver a high quality apple – the essential ingredient for increasing low consumer apple consumption.

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About 40 pear growers learnt from experts with global experience in orchard management for quality pears at the Future Orchards® Pear Masterclass.

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Research & development

Agriculture Victoria shares the results of their experiment to help identify the best rootstock, planting density and training system for blush pears.

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A summary of the research updates from biennial bearing to pruning to IPM shared at Speed Updating held at Hort Connections.

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Research updates covering nursery and breeding; production; robotics; pests and diseases; post-harvest; and consumer interest.

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Hort Connections 2018

Hort Connections attracted almost 3,000 delegates including nearly 150 apple and pear industry members to a range of specialised pome fruit-focused events.

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Congratulations to the all award recipients including Grower of the Year Gerard Alampi, Prima Fresh, and Rising Star Nathan Barolli, Barolli Orchards.

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Exhibiting their value-added products at Hort Connections 2018 was the Mock family with their freeze-dried fruits marketed under the Totally Pure Fruits brand.

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Marketing

Hort Innovation’s Apple and Pear Marketing Manager Olivia Grey recaps the 2017 activity for apples and pears, shares the campaign results and gives an overview of the 2018 activity.

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Freshlogic Managing Director Martin Kneebone analyses prevailing consumer attitudes that are impacting apple and pear buyer behaviour including a range of emerging  trends.

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State reports

By |September 3rd, 2018|Australian Fruitgrower|

About the Author:

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