In June, the Pink Lady® Best Practice Technical Congress was held in Chile with 120 people attending, including growers from Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.
The Congress followed the theme of paddock to plate and analysed production practices for Cripps Pink and the new mutations of Cripps Pink such as Rosy Glow. It covered soil preparation and nursery trees through to orchard agronomy (for both young trees and cropping trees) to harvest management, storage and postharvest issues. The Congress program concluded with a review of the quality standards and quality control procedures and the development of new markets for Pink Lady apples.
“Around the world, Pink Lady apples are distinguished by their quality,” says APAL’s Intellectual Property Manager Garry Langford, who also managed the technical aspects of the Congress program.
“To ensure that the quality of Pink Lady apples remains in the premier position, we wanted to update growers from every production region worldwide with the latest technical developments.”
The Congress organisers arranged for specialists from Europe, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Chile and the USA to speak at the Congress. In the orchard agronomy section, Ross Wilson from AgFirst New Zealand (who also plays a major role in APAL’s Future Orchards® program) spoke on orchard canopy design and tree training/development, while Dr Duane Green from the University of Massachusetts, spoke on the use of growth regulators on young trees. Australians Bruce Scott (E.E. Muir and Sons) and Sam Birrell (Netafim) discussed tree nutrition and irrigation respectively, and Valeria Lepe of the University of Talca in Chile, explained how existing orchards can be modified to improve fruit quality and the consistency of that quality.
Congress proceedings will be published in English and Spanish. Click on the links below to view the presentations in English.
|IPLA Technical Congress program|
|Understanding the goal and objectives|
|The apples that the Pink Lady market wants – Jon Durham, International Pink Lady Alliance, Australia|
|The issues we need to address – Renaud Pierson, Star Fruits Diffusion, France|
|The objective: 60% of the crop harvested in the first two picks – Ross Wilson, AgFirst, New Zealand|
|Orchard agronomy 1: pre-planting, planting and young trees (pre-cropping)|
|Nursery trees – Neal Manly, Willow Drive Nursery, United States of America|
|Orchard Density and canopy design – Ross Wilson, AgFirst, New Zealand|
|New orchard site preparation. Planting and early tree management – Georges Fandos, Cofruid’Oc, France|
|Nutrition of young and developing apple orchards – Bruce Scott, E.E. Muir & Sons, Australia|
|Nutrition and irrigation of young orchards – Sam Birrell, Netafim, Australia|
|Orchard agronomy 2: cropping trees|
|Switching on cropping. Young tree development and training: NZ and Australian experiences – Ross Wilson, AgFirst, New Zealand|
|Tree vigour control; PGR’s; Ethylene suppressants – Dr. Duane Green, University of Massachusetts, United States of America|
|Modifying existing mature orchards to achieve the goal – Dr. Valeria Lepe, University of Talca, Pome Fruit Centre, Chile|
|One of Australasia’s best blocks of Pink Lady production ~ what are they doing and how? – Robert Green, Orchardist, Australia|
|Pest control in the orchard – Prof. Andrew hewitt, University of Queensland, Australia|
|Nutrition and irrigation for cropping orchards – Bruce Scott, E.E. Muir & Sons and Sam Birrell, Netafim, Australia|
|Harvest and packing|
|Next generation quality control in the orchard – Ross Wilson, AgFirst, New Zealand|
|Internal browning – Dr. Elke Crouch, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa|
|Commercial drivers for harvest management, role of cripps pink mutations – Garry Langford, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd, Australia|
|Harvest and storage|
|Use of Smart FreshSM and HarvistaTM in a pick/pack/ship supply chain – Dr. Daniel Manrique Becerra, AgroFresh, South Cone|
|Cooling, storage and post-harvest handling – Dr. Carolina Torres, University of Talca, Pome Fruit Centre, Chile|
|European practise with storage of Pink lady apples – Vincent Mathieu-Hurtiger, Ctifl, France|
|Quality assessment and quality control|
|Quality specifications and other Pink Lady operating issues – Marion Tschantre, Star Fruits Diffusion and Sonia Dias, Association Pink Lady Europe|
|New inspection regime for Pink Lady apples – Sonia Dias, Association Pink Lady Europe and Marion Tschantre, Star Fruits Diffusion|
|New Market Development – Garry Langford, Pink Lady Development Pty Ltd|