With the increasing rise of agro-technology, many people with an interest in the global apple and pear industry are looking at a range of orchard systems based on more automation, precision and decision support tools.
APAL Technical Manager Angus Crawford said he’s starting to see a flow-on from technology being used in other industries which will likely result in orchards that are more technology based.
“We’re now at a point where Australian apple and pear growers are asking how to best position themselves to adopt these new technologies,” Angus says.
“The upcoming apple and pear panel session at Hort Connections will seek to understand growers’ current and future prospects and strategies to improve the multiple aspects of fruit production where new technologies are emerging.
“These areas will include opportunities for achieving higher production of quality fruit, improving efficiencies, better use of inputs now and into a future climate change scenario.”
The session will include, but not be limited to, topics on visual systems; decision support; improved monitoring tools; platforms; robotics; pruning; thinning; spraying technology; autonomous tractors; soil mapping; irrigation management; sensors; pest and disease control; pollination; climate change; automated pack house; and other technologies.
Facilitated by AgFirst Horticultural Consultant Craig Hornblow, a range of local industry members will be joined by international guests to share their insights and experiences.