Orchard design and density

Robot-ready 2D orchards

Mark Trzaskoma, the Production Manager at Battunga Orchards, Victoria, is APAL’s 2016 Grower of the Year and has been transforming the orchard’s blocks in the aim to make them all two dimensional and robot-ready.    Mark has been working at Battunga Orchards for 12 years and received the 2016 Grower of the Year award for [...]

Designing labour efficient canopies

Notes and presentation from Ross Wilson, AgFirst, during the June 2016 Future Orchards® winter walks. Designing labour efficient canopies – notes Designing labour efficient canopies – presentation

By |June 15th, 2016|Future Orchards, Orchard design and density|

Orchard redevelopment

By John Wilton A sustainable orchard business needs to have a planned orchard redevelopment programme in order to maintain its variety mix and plantings at a profitable level of production and returns. This planning needs to be long term, at least five years out and preferably longer. Good orchard performance data should be the basis [...]

By |May 27th, 2016|Future Orchards, Grafting, Orchard design and density|

The Australian orchard of the future

By Jesse Reader At the 2015 National Horticulture Convention, Jesse Reader convened a panel discussion titled ‘Tripling orchard profitability by 2030, can you do it?’ Here Jesse shares some key points from the discussion that highlighted features of the future Australian orchard.  A two dimensional fruit wall. This discussion was centred on the [...]

Q&A at Battunga Orchards: Harvesting data and pruning by numbers

By Jesse Reader AgFirst's Jesse Reader interviews Mark Trzaskoma of Battunga Orchards as part of a grower case study of orchard optimisation in Victoria. Auvil Fruit Company in the USA: it's not hard to see where Mark's inspiration came from. It becomes apparent very quickly when you drive into Battunga Orchards in Gippsland, [...]

By |June 29th, 2015|Future Orchards, Orchard design and density, Victoria|

Improving labour productivity in orchards

The Future Orchards® March 2015 orchard walks looked at ways to review the performance of our current season in 2015 as well as ways to improve on farm labour productivity. These harvest orchard walks asked the question: Have orchard blocks met expectations for the year? Harvest is a time when the results of management are [...]

Manipulating apple tree structure to optimise fruit yield and quality

Summary of key points: Orchard tree canopies often contain more branches than is necessary for high cropping potential and optimum fruit quality. During winter pruning, a simple metric for optimising tree branch density is to retain six branches per metre of effective tree canopy height. Additional branches in the canopy are likely to increase shading, [...]

By |April 15th, 2014|Orchard design and density, PIPS|

Key components of a Future Orchard

At the time of writing I had just finished another successful two weeks on the road with the Future Orchards® program. Our guests Dr. Mark Goodwin from Plant and Food Research NZ and Alberto Dorigoni from the Agricultural Institute of San Michele all'Adige, Italy both gave participants an insight into the challenges and opportunities that [...]

By |August 27th, 2013|Future Orchards, Orchard design and density|