As the year draws to a close we bid farewell to John Lawrenson and welcome APAL’s new Chair Michele Allan. This issue informs us about ‘refreshing’ the Aussie Apples campaign in 2015; why it’s important to use chemicals approved by the APVMA; the choices of cool room refrigerant for temperate fruit businesses; and Jesse Reader shares a long list of orchard chores for the Christmas season.
We are very happy to welcome Dr Michele Alan as the new incoming Chair of the APAL Board and sadly farewell John Lawrenson who has been a committed contributor to Australian Fruitgrower. Thanks John.
This issue we have a short, pointed article from APVMA warning the industry about the manufacture, supply and use of fake and illegal chemicals. A good reminder to stay vigilant about only purchasing and using registered chemicals for your own health and of course to help our industry maintain its impeccable clean, green and safe standards.
If you’re still using HCFCs as refrigerants for your cool rooms then take a look at Annie Farrow’s great article on the choices of refrigerants available. A timely reminder because HCFCs will be phased out by 2016. And Jesse Reader is back, this time in his role with AgFirst, to give you a long list of orchard chores for the Christmas season! But don’t worry – he makes it all sound quite do-able.
We also meet Hamish Montague in our grower profile, get a glimpse of how the Aussie Apples marketing campaign is developing and look at the export situation in Thailand and China.
Merry Chirstmas everyone and we’ll be back again for the February 2015 issue. In the meantime, please follow us on twitter @applesnpearsAU for daily news and updates about our industry.
Communications and PR Manager
Hamish Montague is one of the current working generation of the Montague family very well known in the Australian fruit-growing industry for generations.
By analysing the Melbourne wholesale prices of apples, Charley Xia explores how understanding historic price data could help growers improve returns.
Pack shed management
Growers using HCFCs, like R22, as a cool room refrigerant need to be aware they will be phased out by 2016 – consider an alternative and make the switch now.
Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd is preparing a new marketing campaign for Aussie Apples for 2015, promoting apples as a ‘refreshing’ snack food.
Dry conditions are a concern for many growers across the country, and NSW growers take a trip to Canberra with APAL staff.