Angus Crawford

About Angus Crawford

Technical Manager, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd
acrawford@apal.org.au
03 9329 3511

Speed updating gives growers a fast serve of current R&D

In June, as part of Hort Connections 2018, APAL ran its annual Speed Updating event where industry researchers shared key information for growers about their findings. Funded by Hort Innovation as part of the Australian Apple and Pear Innovation and Adoption Program, this year’s Speed Updating was attended by more than 130 people. PIPS The [...]

New project to deliver Agri-tech solutions

A new levy-funded project will look at using agricultural robots to measure tree canopy and flower density and deliver a more precise, variable spraying solution for apple flower thinning. Led by Queensland-based SwarmFarm Robotics, the Developing Agri-Tech solutions for the Australian apple industry project is tasked with developing a new system to measure tree canopy [...]

Future Orchards walks – Spring 2018

Managing crop load for better fruit quality will be the focus of the Spring 2018 round of Future Orchards® walks to be held in the last two weeks of September. Download the 2018 Spring Future Orchards walk flyer. These walks will continue the focus on production quality begun in June where speakers looked [...]

By |August 14th, 2018|Future Orchards, News|

Emergency Plant Pest Response levy update

The Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levy is in place to enable the funding of the apple and pear industry’s contribution to the cost of eradicating pests and diseases under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD).  This article aims to provide an update and overview of what specifically the EPPR levy now funds. The [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Biosecurity, EPPR levy, News|

Grant offers hope to register product for Alternaria disease

In a recent development for apple growers concerned about the disease-causing fungus Alternaria, the Australian Government will fund research to support the registration of the crop protection product Switch (Cyprodinil and Fludioxonil) for Alternaria. The funding was announced under Round 3 of the Australian Government’s AgVet Chemical Grants Program to improve farmers’ access to agvet [...]

2018 National Apple and Pear Crop Estimate

Key points: Gross pome production up 3 per cent Apples – Class 1 packout volumes down 7 per cent Pears – volumes up 14 per cent Other states lead Vic in trend to managed varieties The 2018 Australian apple and pear crop will be up three per cent on last year’s levels, but Class 1 [...]

By |February 7th, 2018|Industry Data, News|

Rootstock choices offer powerful productivity tool

Strategic rootstock selection has a key role to play in driving the productivity of the future orchard system, growers at the well-attended spring Future Orchards® walks late last year were told. Rootstocks, once established, will underpin the orchard for decades.  While it is critical to continue selecting rootstocks based on productivity traits, there will be [...]

By |January 10th, 2018|Future Orchards, News, Varieties and rootstock|

NRS to test for metals and microbes from Jan 2018

The Apple & Pear National Residue Survey (NRS) will be expanded from January this year to include microbiological and heavy metals screening in addition to the existing pesticide residue analysis  to reflect growing demands for more comprehensive food safety data. The expansion of the program will enable the full suite of tests to now be [...]

By |January 3rd, 2018|Chemical use, Levies, Market access, National Residue Survey, News|

Exporters to EU advised iprodione approval to end in 2018

Australian growers exporting to the European Union are being advised to immediately cease using products containing the active constituent iprodione following an EU decision to withdraw approval for the substance from next year. EU members states have been given until June 2018 to withdraw authorisation for iprodione use, following the EU decision on 14 November 2017 [...]

By |December 19th, 2017|Chemical use, Exporting, Post-harvest diseases and disorders|

Australian growers visit apple industry in Washington

In August 2017 APAL took a group of 28 Australian apple and pear growers on a tour of apple and pear production in Washington State in the USA. The group visited more than 25 sites, meeting 30-plus growers, researchers and consultants. Aussie growers at Washington State University's Sunrise Orchard: (lt to rt)Angus Crawford, Josie Fouache, [...]

By |October 4th, 2017|Education, News|