Australian Fruitgrower – May 2015

In this issue of Australian Fruitgrower we visit the Sydney Market where Chris Marks sells Batlow apples, take a look at how grafting can successfully rework an orchard, our Nuffield Scholar Fiona Hall shares stories from her trip abroad, we learn about the BeeAware website and how to perfect pollination, plus lots more.

Australian Fruitgrower May 2015 edition – download the full pdf (8MB)

Australian Fruitgrower May 2015 edition – download the full pdf (8MB)

The National Horticulture Convention (HortCon2015) is coming and it looks like it is going to be APAL’s biggest and best conference ever. We really want to encourage all our valued growers to participate in the Convention and to encourage your younger staff, spouses and partners to come along too. There’s a special Women in Horticulture session designed for the working women of horticulture – it will be great! We’ve dedicated a full spread to HortCon2015 but there will be more updates to the apple and pear program by the time you read this so be sure to check out our website for the latest.

Speaking of women in horticulture, apple orchardist Fiona Hall, shares lessons in communication and leadership she is learning as she completes her APAL-supported Nuffield Scholarship and we announce the Emerging Leaders course for 2015 too.

In the orchard Jesse Reader shares a success story of grafting and Sam Malfoy provides some detailed information on bees and apple and pear pollination.

I look forward to catching up with you at HortCon2015 – see you there!

Sophie Clayton

Communications and PR Manager

From the CEO

John Dollisson

Lobbying for a fair deal for apple and pear growers

APAL CEO John Dollisson informs readers about what he’s been up to – lobbying with the Voice of Horticulture on critical issues affecting the apple, pear and horticulture industries, he’s also preparing himself for a day of picking in a Yarra Valley orchard.

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Industry profile

Chris Marks at Sydney Markets

Chris Marks: selling Batlow apples

Amongst the hustle and bustle of the Sydney Markets selling Batlow apples is Chris Marks, the National Manager for Fresh Produce with the Australian Produce Group (APG).

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Market insights China

Market Insights – China

China is the world’s most populous nation and the world’s second largest economy. With a growth rate of 7.7 per cent (2013) it is set to exceed the USA before the end of this decade.

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Professional development

2015 Nuffield Scholars

Lessons from a Nuffield Scholar

Fiona Hall, APAL award recipient of a Nuffield Scholarship, shares her experiences travelling abroad to learn from global thought leaders in agriculture on communication and leadership.

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Orchard management


Achieving grafting success

AgFirst’s Jesse Reader explains how grafting was used to successfully rework an orchard in response to the drought and resulting in substantial yield improvements.

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Perfecting pollination

The new BeeAware website helps growers manage bees and pollination to improve fruitset and production.

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State roundup

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State Roundup – May 2015

As another successful round of Future Orchards® walks wrap up WA reports some exciting times ahead, NSW questions the quality of fruit supplied by the industry and SA expects to see a strong finish to harvest.

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Applethorpe open day

Applethorpe Research Facility open day

With Kalei fruit looking red and ripe for harvest, staff at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Applethorpe Research Facility invited locals to view the apples and talk about current industry research.

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Asian buyers at Montagues

Asian fruit buyers visit

During March 2015, the State Government of Victoria hosted more than 200 senior Asian buyers, investors and influencers as part of a large-scale, multi-sector in-bound super trade mission.

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Emerging leaders

Applications open: Emerging leaders program 2015

APAL is once again supporting 20 people working within the apple, pear, nashi, cherry and summerfruit industries to participate in the APAL-Marcus Oldham college ‘Emerging leaders’ program.

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APAL membership drive

A concerted effort by APAL’s Engagement Officer Alison Barber over the last few months has helped APAL upgrade its grower database.

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Read recent issues of Australian Fruitgrower or look through our Australian Fruitgrower archives.


By |May 1st, 2015|Australian Fruitgrower|

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