Future Orchards winter walks announced 2015

The next round of Future Orchards® walks are set to commence at the end of July upon the announcement that Horticulture Innovation Australia has approved a new five year project.

From left: Karen Lewis, Steven Spark and Andrew Griggs during the last round of Future Orchards walks in March 2015.

From left: Karen Lewis, Steven Spark and Andrew Griggs during the last round of Future Orchards walks in March 2015.

Winter walks are confirmed for the following dates:

Northern Loop

Stanthorpe, Qld – 20 July

Orange, NSW – 21 July

Batlow, NSW – 22 July

Goulburn Valley, Vic – 24 July

Southern Loop

Sidmouth, Tas – 27 July

Gippsland, Vic – 28 July

Lenswood, SA – 29 July

Kirup, WA – 30 July

APAL Technical Manager Angus Crawford said that during the winter walks the Future Orchards team will be asking the question; “what has really caught on since Future Orchards started back in 2006?”

“We’ll also be looking at the fundamentals that ignited a new wave of passion in realising what is actually possible in the apple and pear industry,” Angus said.

This round’s guest speakers will be southern Victorian growers David Finger on the Northern Loop Mark Trzaskoma on the Southern Loop. They will be joined by AgFirst’s Ross Wilson, in the north, and Steven Spark who will take the trip down south.

“Having not seen the Southern Loop since 2011 Steven recently visited the area and was most impressed with the improvements made from region to region over the past years.

“Steven will highlight the many key areas which he believes have caught on and worked well to either improve quality or quantity of fruit grown. In the field he will run a long pruning demonstration highlighting the pruning cuts that should and should not be made in order to achieve a calm tree,” said Angus.

Both grower guests, David from Vernview Orchards and Mark from Battunga Orchards, are close Future Orchards followers and have interesting stories to tell of their journeys to overcome challenges and realise the very good outcomes they are now achieving.

Separate to Steven, Ross will deliver a different presentation titled “Orchard density and canopy design in 2015 and beyond”.

This will divulge all of the successful canopies being used around the world today and look into the future – to ensure growers are future proofing their new orchards.

As Angus explains “many types of orchards can be seen throughout the world which can reflect the environment the are in, market they supply and the individuals running the orchard. Ross Wilson will essentially cover off the specifics of these canopies as well as highlighting the agronomic principles of why they are so successful”.

For more information contact APAL’s Technical Manager Angus Crawford on 03 9329 3511 or acrawford@apal.org.au.

APAL members can access winter walk presentation notes for each speaker from the Future Orchards library and revisit older resources in the archive library.

By |July 1st, 2015|Future Orchards, News|

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