Australian Fruitgrower – Feb/Mar 2017

The Dec/Jan edition of Australian Fruitgrower covers Focus Orchard block data, new perspectives on value adding, updates on Varroa and new research into biennial bearing.

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It’s been a busy period at APAL with significant effort put in to developing the organisation’s Strategic Plan, some staff changes and ongoing role of representing the best interest of apple and pear growers.

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Grower profile

In a smart move to mitigate risk and ensure a diversity of labour sources in a tightening labour market, General Manager Craig Boyce and his wife and staff trainer Anne have been successfully recruiting and employing workers, other than backpackers, from overseas to work in the orchards and packing shed.

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Orchard management

APAL has updated our Apple and Pear Variety Registry that provides growers with a summary of currently available varieties and those in development for Australia.

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Another series of data was collected for the Future Orchards® Orchard Business Analysis during July and August 2016 – this article highlights some of the key findings.

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Exports

In 2016, APAL secured funding from the Australian Government under the Package Assisting Small Exporters program to deliver two export resource documents.

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Exports of Australian apples are the best in a decade, while Indonesia continues to drive pear exports, as shown in Fresh Intelligence’s analysis of export data to November 2016.

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Marketing

From Europe to Asia, there are some great examples of how companies who are licensed to use the Pink Lady® brand by APAL use it creatively to build marketing campaigns to add value to Pink Lady apples.

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R&D

In collaboration with Goulburn Valley pear growers, Agriculture Victoria researchers are conducting economic assessments of Deliza® to help growers.

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Researchers from Agriculture Victoria are using drones to remotely sense leaf nitrogen of red-blushed pears to develop nitrogen fertiliser management guidelines.

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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

News

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Events

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By |January 30th, 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.