While it seems a long time ago now that they were announced at the Gala dinner of the 2016 National Horticulture Convention, I would like to take the opportunity to formally congratulate all the winner of APAL’s 2016 National Awards for Excellence. Once again it was a delight to see the depth of talent in our industry and to meet such enthusiastic and committed people.
In this issue we feature APAL’s 2016 Grower of the Year Mark Trzaskoma and we will be looking forward to featuring other winners over coming issues. Mark will be well-known to many of you for his innovative approach to managing and redesigning his orchard blocks. It was great to go and meet Mark at Battunga Orchards and I encourage you to all visit him there when they next host a Future Orchards event – it is well worth the effort. Just bring your gum boots!
In this printed edition, we’re happy to bring you the latest pest research including codling moth management advances from David Williams, results of the apple and pear IPM review, and progress on the Sterile Insect Technology and Area Wide Management work to manage fruit flies.
AgFirst provides a wrap on the Future Orchards walks from winter and points to some ways to push the boundaries of your orchard’s performance – the notes on chemical thinning in the lead up to spring are of particular note. Don’t forget we’re running more Future Orchards walks in September – so block them into your diary now.
We were over-flowing with great technical and R&D articles this issue and will be publishing additional articles on APAL’s new website. So please visit us at www.apal.org.au for our full suite of information on offer.
We’re also rolling out more video interviews that you can find on our website and YouTube channel including interviews with Mark Trzaskoma, Ross Wilson on biennial bearing in Fuji, Tienie Du Preez on orchard nutrition, and more!
Communication Manager, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd