Australian Fruitgrower – Feb/Mar 2018

The Orchard Business Analysis 2016-17 figures show average gross yields have risen again in 2017. This is an excellent improvement and demonstrates what can be achieved by using best practice orcharding techniques, growing production necessitates growing markets.

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Grower profile

Thirteen years ago Michael Cunial decided he’d had enough of losing crops to hail damage in his Orange, NSW, orchard and he wanted to do something to address it.

Michael Cunial, Drape Net
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Orchard management

With harvest approaching, the emphasis in the orchard has to be on how to obtain the best market result for the crop we have managed to produce.

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Olea Nurseries aims to deliver quality trees and looks to source new rootstocks and varieties for commercial growers and the retail sector.

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Twenty eight Australian growers toured apple and pear production in the USA visiting different sites and growers, researchers and consultants.

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Special features

At harvest you should implement good practices to source and maintain labour to make harvest run as smooth as possible, and reduce your stress.

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APAL Chair Michele Allan answers questions about the role of the board and chair to provide some insight into these roles and why they are important.

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The Packhouse Optimisation Project indicates apple and pear growers could reduce costs by adopting new packing technology and smarter marketing.

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Marketing

Levy-funded research is helping to understand how to improve the eating habits of women and girls by tapping into their desire to feel good.

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Olivia Grey joins Hort Innovation as its new Marketing Manager for Apples and Pears to oversee apple and pear marketing.

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Research and development

Results of a larger semi-commercial-scale trial comparing the costs of Artificial Spur Extinction (ASE) and chemical thinning.

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Snippets from the latest apple and pear research from all around the world from breeding to post-harvest.

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State reports

By |February 21st, 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.