Australian Fruitgrower – Aug/Sep 2017

APAL’s CEO Phil Turnbull reports on new APAL staff recruitment, Future Orchards® walks and Angus Crawford’s study tour to Washington State.

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Profile

IPM, or Integrated Pest Management, can be a daunting idea for growers fearing reducing pesticide use may expose their orchards to pest damage but, to Dr Paul Horne of IPM Technologies, pest management without IPM is unfeasible because sooner or later pesticides will fail due to pests developing pesticide resistance.

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Marketing

Results start flowing in from the industry’s levy-funded marketing activities for Aussie Apples and Australian Pears.

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Twenty five media guests and influential foodies attended an event promoting the versatility and health benefits of pears.

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A new CSIRO summary of research has revealed even more health benefits to eating apples.

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Special feature

Researcher Elizabeth Frankish reports on the project she has begun to identify where food safety risks occur in apple production and to develop a code of practice to help growers, packers and others along the supply chain minimise those risks.

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Research and Development

New website shows local winter chill data for orchard management and business planning.

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Promising research on how to use Artificial Spur Extension to manage crop load and get better production results.

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Snippets from the latest apple and pear research from all around the world from genetics to consumer interests.

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Variety selection

After exploring how to choose a new variety last issue with Steve Spark, AgFirst’s John Wilton shows us the ins and outs of managed club varieties.

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State reports

By |August 1st, 2017|Australian Fruitgrower|

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APAL is an industry representative body and not-for-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.