Australian Fruitgrower – Oct/Nov 2016

From the editor

The Oct/Nov edition of Australian Fruitgrower includes information about Artificial Spur Extinction, Orchard Business Analysis, marketing apple brands, the Industry’s Rising Star of the Year, Mel Ware and more.

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Chair Report

The APAL office has experienced a few changes in the past weeks with CEO John Dollisson completing his role to pursue other opportunities. We won’t however, be long without someone in the job, with Independent APAL Director, Philip Turnbull replacing him.

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Grower profile

Award-winning passion

Mel Ware is passionate about the apple and pear industry, she is also committed to promoting the valuable work of Australian growers on a regular basis, which is why she received the 2016 National Awards for Excellence Rising Star Award.

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Orchard management

Spring is here and thinning is on everyone’s mind – but are chemical thinners really necessary or even the best way to manage your crop load?

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AgFirst’s Dean Rainham outlines some practical management strategies to obtain optimum calcium levels in apple trees to.

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The benchmark yield of a typical Australian apple and pear orchard increased 28% between 2014 and 2015 to a high of 47.9 tonnes per ha.

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R&D

Researchers are transforming existing knowledge about how apple trees take up and use nitrogen and water into a useful grower decision support tool.

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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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State reports

Marketing

Over the last couple of months, a number of emerging branded apples have launched onto the marketplace for the year. We take a look inside their marketing campaigns.

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APAL is working to develop, grow and evolve the global Pink Lady business to improve the value of Pink Lady apples for Australian and international growers and exporters.

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News

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Oct Events

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By |October 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.