Vigour, crop load and thinning

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 [...]

Make a smart crop load management choice

In a commercial orchard in Tasmania a mix of different thinning and crop load management techniques have been put to the test, shedding light on which ones are the most cost- and time-effective to implement, and what impact they have on fruit quality and yield. A trial conducted in this Gala orchard in Tasmania [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Pruning and training, Tasmania, Vigour, crop load and thinning|

Setting the orchard up for the 2018 crop

AgFirst's John Wilton looks at what to do now to prepare for the 2018 crop covering thinning, setting crop loads, summer pruning and tree vigour management. Healthy Jazz buds. By now it should be possible to see the level of fruitset for the coming crop and determine how effective chemical thinning programs have [...]

Future Orchards trial report: Flower removal strategies

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Comparison of flower removal strategies in young trees for growth response. Region: Southern Victoria Contact: Jabbar Khan and Angus Crawford  

Future Orchards trial report: Evaluating SNAP trees

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Evaluating the value of SNAP trees. Region: Manjimup, WA Contact: Susie Murphy White  

Future Orchards trial report: Leaf defoliation demonstration

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Leaf defoliation in low chilling environments. Region: Manjimup, WA Contact: Susie Murphy White  

Future Orchards trial update: Leaf defoliation demonstration

Download the June report for the Future Orchards® trial: Leaf defoliation demonstration. Region: Manjimup, WA Contact: Susie Murphy White  

Future Orchards trial report: Managing crop load, young Envy

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Managing crop load on young Envy plantings. Region: Tasmania Contact: Sophie Folder (Pear consulting), Nigel Bartels (Serve-Ag) and Ryan Hankin (Hansen Orchards)  

Future Orchards trial report: PGRs to regulate pear fruit set

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Regulation of fruit set in pears with plant growth regulators (PGRs). Region: Goulburn Valley, Victoria Contact: Julie Godwill  

Future Orchards trial update: Fuji cincturing for return bloom

Download the interim report for the Future Orchards® trial: Fuji cincturing for return bloom 2016/17 Region: Batlow, NSW Contact: Kevin Dodds