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.
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!
Communications and PR Manager
From the CEO
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).
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.
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.
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.