South Australia

SA state report – April/May 2017

Growers are in full swing now, with harvest well underway, after a bit of a late start to the season. It is with great pleasure that for the first time in many editions, I can report on some fine, warm conditions, which are helping with fruit development. Despite the very challenging growing season, some reasonable [...]

By |April 1st, 2017|South Australia|

Lenswood flying high with apple exports

Exports have long formed a part of the Lenswood Cold Stores Co-operative Society’s business, but new apple varieties, innovations in the packing shed and new relationships with overseas customers are helping to boost the iconic South Australian business’ profile on the world stage. Even in the early days of the co-operative, soon after [...]

By |April 1st, 2017|Exporter profiles, Exporting, South Australia|

South Australia state report – Feb/Mar 2017

The recurring theme for South Australian updates this season seems to be crazy weather, and this month’s report is no different. After a relatively cool, dry spell through December, we were faced with a hot Christmas and then another wild storm lashed the state, dumping more than 140mm of rain in some areas in a [...]

By |January 30th, 2017|South Australia|

South Australia state report – Dec 2016/Jan 2017

To say it has been a challenging start to the season weather-wise is an understatement. Following on from two very dry years, growers were pleased to receive good rainfall through the winter months, replenishing water resources and filling soil profiles. However, the rain didn’t stop and continued on well into spring, with a series of [...]

By |December 2nd, 2016|South Australia|

SA juicers secure national deal with global company

In a boost for the South Australian apple industry, JVJ Co, a partnership between Lenswood Apples and Rivercorp Land & Water Limited will supply global beverage company Lion with 3.5 million litres of apple and pear juice annually under a new deal. (Lt) Fergus McLachlan, CEO JVJ Co and (rt) Lars Christensen, Lion Cidery celebrate [...]

By |November 16th, 2016|News, South Australia, Value added products|

Award winning passion for the industry

Mel Ware is passionate about the apple and pear industry, she is also committed to promoting the valuable work of Australian growers on a regular basis. Mel’s drive and determination hasn’t gone unnoticed, with her receiving the 2016 National Awards for Excellence Rising Star Award. Created with flickr slideshow.   Mel, 29, is the Orchard [...]

By |October 1st, 2016|Profile, South Australia|

It’s show time!

As spring approaches, so do the remaining annual Royal Shows around Australia where apples and pears will be on the menu for show-goers in Adelaide and Perth come September. Apples and pears were available for tasting at EKKA, the annual Brisbane Show. The Royal Adelaide show runs from 2-11 September and is managed by Apple and [...]

By |August 23rd, 2016|News, South Australia, WA|

Lenswood Co-op installs new pre-sizer

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has cut the ribbon on a $5 million high-specification new packing line that will potentially help Lenswood Cold Stores Co-operative (Lenswood Apples) increase its exports. https://youtu.be/AwLhV7qSQW4 The apple pre-sizer line installation has been supported by the SA Government’s Regional Development Fund through Primary Industries and Regions SA, enabling Lenswood Apples [...]

By |August 14th, 2016|Grading equipment, News, South Australia|

South Australia state report – Aug/Sep 2016

The Future Orchards® visit to the Adelaide Hills in June saw another good turnout of growers, with plenty of interest in the guest presentations on mechanisation, followed by a robust in-field discussion on pruning to achieve optimum outcomes. It was apparent in the blocks that were reviewed that understanding bud numbers was critical. South Australia [...]

By |August 1st, 2016|South Australia|

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 [...]