Netting, hail and sunburn

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 [...]

Netting trial results in WA

By Rohan Prince and Susie Murphy White A trial in Western Australia is showing that netted apple orchards – especially when drip irrigation is used – can increase water-use efficiency and have the potential to produce good marketable yields and fruit colour under netting. Encouraging and exciting results have been realised in the second season [...]

By |September 27th, 2015|Netting, hail and sunburn, WA|

What’s the blooming difference?

By Rebecca Darbyshire and Heidi Parkes Winter and spring temperatures and their interactions, seem to influence when apple trees flower – researchers are uncovering what is really going on. Successful flowering and pollination is a critical and sensitive part of the fruit production cycle. The timing of flowering is one important aspect within this phase. [...]

By |October 23rd, 2014|Climate change, Netting, hail and sunburn|

Overcoming the effects of spring frost

Author: Steve SparkAgFirst+64 3 528 0330sspark @agfirst.co.nz Steve Spark summarises the tools available to growers to reduce the risk of spring frosts and how to use Focus Orchard trial results to reduce the impact of spring frost this year and next. Last spring many growers across the country were severely affected by spring [...]

By |June 23rd, 2014|Future Orchards, Netting, hail and sunburn|

Netting the benefits of a changing climate

Blog author: Susie Murphy White Development Officer, DAFWA 08 9777 0151 susan.murphy-white@agric.wa.gov.au Learn about the different netting options and irrigation regimes that can combat heat stress and improve water efficiency, as shared with growers at Mauri and Ann Lyster’s property as part of an orchard walk in Manjimup, WA. The orchard walk featured [...]

By |May 7th, 2014|Climate change, Netting, hail and sunburn|

Apples and pears get sunburnt too

Only premium quality apples make the top grades with any sun or heat damaged fruit removed. Searing temperatures across South East Australia last week hit many apple and pear growing regions, but good management from growers and quality assurance practices will help ensure consumers still get high quality fruit this season. “Despite the [...]

By |January 20th, 2014|Netting, hail and sunburn|