Soils, nutrition and irrigation

What becomes of nitrogen in your orchard?

Researchers are using nitrogen-tracing technology to help improve apple fruit quality and optimise nitrogen use efficiency by investigating the fate of nitrogen derived from fertiliser over two seasons. PhD candidate Bi Tan applying nitrogen fertiliser to Gala trees in the orchard trial to help understand what becomes of applied nitrogen. Applying nitrogen fertiliser [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|PIPS, Soils, nutrition and irrigation|

Future Orchards trial report: Nutrition and Pink Lady colour

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Possible nutrition influence on Pink Lady colour. Region: Stanthorpe, Qld Contact: Stephen Tancred  

Future Orchards trial report: Wetting agents and dry soils

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Use of wetting agent / surfactant to improve water penetration and distribution into dry soils or repellent soils. Region: Goulburn Valley, Victoria Contact: Julie Godwill, Elizabeth Mace, Bhupinder Kaur, Petar Bursac  

Post-harvest quality: slowing down the ‘ticking clock’

Nutrition, fruit maturity and climatic conditions are among the pre-harvest factors which can have an impact on the quality of apples post-harvest, according to Dr Hannah James, AgroFresh Research and Development Manager Australia/New Zealand . AgroFresh's Dr Hannah James says the process of getting an apple from the orchard through to the consumers’ hands [...]

Pears may need 50% less water

Water savings are just one of the productivity benefits expected to flow from an international pear research collaboration underway at Tatura, in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria. Early results of the jointly-funded Agriculture Victoria and Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation (VESKI) sustainable agriculture fellowship program indicate pear growers may be able to significantly save [...]

By |May 31st, 2017|Pears, Soils, nutrition and irrigation|

Strategically managing water and nitrogen

Researchers are transforming existing knowledge about how apple trees take up and use nitrogen and water into a useful decision support tool that growers will be able to use to help manage nitrogen and irrigation in apple orchards for a desired crop outcome. To help apple growers manage their orchard’s irrigation and nitrogen inputs, we [...]

By |October 1st, 2016|PIPS, Soils, nutrition and irrigation|

Calcium to combat post-harvest disorders

AgFirst’s Dean Rainham outlines some practical management strategies to obtain optimum calcium levels in apple trees because inadequate calcium can result in post-harvest disorders such as bitter pit and blotch. Calcium supports cell wall integrity and, without sufficient calcium, cells become leaky, more prone to disease and can collapse and die. The incidence of bitter [...]

Management of apple nutrition in poor soils

Notes and presentation from Tienie du Preez for the Future Orchards® walks Winter 2016 Precision management of apple nutrition in poor and variable soil – notes Precision management of apple nutrition in poor and variable soils – presentation Part 1 Part 2

Post-harvest nutrient management

  By Dean Rainham As we head toward the end of harvest, it’s time to think about your fertiliser plan to boost your trees’ nutrition reserves in preparation for next season. Post-harvest nutrition is a key event in the orchardist’s calendar. Once the fruit is off the tree it’s time to replenish the tree’s reserves [...]

By |April 10th, 2016|Future Orchards, Soils, nutrition and irrigation|

Nitrogen management in red-blushed pears

By Ian Goodwin, Lexie McClymont, Eileen Perry, David Cornwall and Steve Green Research has commenced at the Horticulture Centre of Excellence on nitrogen management in red-blushed pears. To obtain optimal yield and fruit quality, nitrogen must be managed to meet the crop’s requirement based on the available nitrogen in the root zone and tree demand. Current nitrogen [...]

By |April 9th, 2016|PIPS, Soils, nutrition and irrigation|