Australian Fruitgrower – Aug/Sep 2016

From the editor

The Aug/Sep edition of Australian Fruitgrower includes information about HortConv2016, the Awards for Excellence, technical and R&D information and more.

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CEO Report

It’s been a very busy two months at APAL with a range of industry events taking place including the Grower Roadshow, Future Orchards walks, Pear Masterclass and the 2016 National Horticulture Convention.

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Grower profile

Mark Trzaskoma, Production Manager at Battunga Orchards, Victoria, is APAL’s 2016 Grower of the Year and has been transforming the orchard’s blocks into two dimensional and robot-ready designs.

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Orchard management

From 13 to 17 June the Southern Loop Future Orchards® walks took place in orchards across Australia, starting in WA, then onto SA, Tasmania and finishing in Southern Victoria.

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AgFirst’s John Wilton looks at some key factors – particularly chemical thinning in the lead up to spring – that orchardists can concentrate on to optimise yield and fruit colour.

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R&D

Researchers are looking at the value of dormancy-breaking sprays to encourage flowering in orchards when it’s not cold enough for trees to do it themselves.

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Parasitoid wasps, mass trapping of female codling moths and the use of mating disruption could, when combined, help control codling moth in apple and pear orchards.

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Interview results have identified the key barriers to the adoption of Area Wide Management and Sterile Insect Technology to manage Queensland fruit fly.

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Snippets of the latest apple and pear research from all around the world covering nursery, orchard, pests, processing, marketing and more.

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RMCG and IPM Technologies have conducted a review and reported on the current use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) within the apple and pear industry.

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State reports

Marketing

The Apple and Pear Strategic Investment Advisory Panel have agreed that there will be limited new marketing this year with a focus on a bigger, more strategic campaign in 2017.

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APAL manages a portfolio of varieties and trade marks including Pink Lady®, Joya®, Kalei, Azana®, Deliza® and Lanya®and we’ve outlined some opportunities for Australian growers to take advantage of them.

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HortConv2016

More than 1,500 delegates were at the 2016 National Horticulture Convention, including over 200 apple and pear industry representatives, on the Gold Coast.

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By |August 1st, 2016|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.