Netting, hail and sunburn

Shedding light on netting

Netting intercepts solar radiation, reducing the amount of energy reaching fruit and hence lowering the risk of sunburn and colour bleaching of fruit. However, netting also lowers radiation that is needed for photosynthesis and colour development. In this article we present some preliminary data on the effects of netting on some important wavelengths of light. [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn|

South Australia wins planning exemption for orchard netting

South Australian growers will no longer be required to seek local council planning consent for orchard netting after the State Government agreed to grant an exemption from planning requirements. Apple & Pear Growers Association of SA (APGASA) put a submission into the Simplify Regulation Unit of the South Australian Government last year calling for horticultural [...]

By |March 7th, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn, News, South Australia|

Determination to stop hail damage grows netting business

Wild weather events that can damage crops, such as the hail storms that hit Victorian and South Australian fruit growers last year, highlight the importance of protecting fruit trees with netting. Thirteen years ago Michael Cunial decided he’d had enough of losing crops to hail damage in his Orange, NSW, orchard and he wanted to [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn, NSW-ACT, Profile|

SIAP meets to consider SA hail response

The apple and pear Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP) which advises Hort Innovation on apple and pear levy investment met in mid December to review South Australian hail impact assessments and consider a proposed domestic marketing concept. The focus of the extraordinary teleconference meeting was to provide a quick response to the completed assessment of the [...]

By |January 9th, 2018|APAL, Hort Innovation, Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

Adelaide Hills growers review post-hail options

Apple and pear industry bodies, Government and service providers are working together to provide growers hit by the destructive Adelaide Hills hail storms of October 30 with support and advice to manage hail-affected crops. Hail affected Adelaide Hills growers at a meeting organised by the Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia (APGASA) [...]

By |November 22nd, 2017|Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

Hail-affected Adelaide Hills growers review options

  Adelaide Hills growers will meet this Friday, November 10, to review their options for managing crops impacted by the devastating hail event last Monday. Hail affected 85pc of crops across the Adelaide Hills. Photo supplied: Susie Green, APGASA Apple and Pears Growers’ Association SA CEO Susie Green said with the assessment process [...]

By |November 8th, 2017|Netting, hail and sunburn, News, South Australia|

Netting, your best insurance

By Sophie Clayton Hail is the number one enemy of NSW apple growers The Westcastle Partnership, but with a long term plan and some recent help from the NSW State Government, they have now netted most of their orchard.    Around 80 per cent of orchards around Orange are now netted with either structured or drape netting. Devastating hailstorms have once [...]

By |December 14th, 2015|Netting, hail and sunburn, NSW-ACT, Profile|

Black or white netting, which is best?

Susie Murphy White, Rohan Prince and Lisa Starkie Black and white netting in the Manjimup demonstration site. DAFWA and Pomewest researchers share more results from their netting trial in Manjimup, Western Australia, to assess the differences in using black and white netting.   A netting demonstration site at Lyster’s Matijari Orchard, Manjimup, Western Australia, was set up to demonstrate the benefits of netting under Western [...]

By |December 8th, 2015|Netting, hail and sunburn|

Fruit surface temperature and sunburn damage of red-blushed pears

By Lexie McClymont, Ian Goodwin, Rebecca Darbyshire and Susanna Turpin As we head into summer, the pear team from the Horticulture Centre of Excellence share their latest research on sun and temperature damage in red-blushed pears. Pear fruit are subject to sun damage from high fruit surface temperature. The potential losses of new fresh market [...]

By |November 5th, 2015|Netting, hail and sunburn|

South Australia develops netting cost benefit calculator

If you're not sure if you can afford netting or want some guidance, try the new netting calculator developed for South Australian growers, because maybe you can't afford not to net! The team at the Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia (APGASA) in conjunction with Natural Logic (Australia) Pty Ltd and Econsearch have developed [...]