Australian Fruitgrower – Dec 2017/Jan 2018

When I started in this role, just over 12 months ago, the Board charged me with the responsibility of preparing a new strategy for the organisation. As an organisation, we sought to respond to the opportunities presented by the changing state of play.

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Grower profile

The Fontaninis are combining the old and new, by continuing a family legacy of growing fruit, while embracing innovation.

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Special features

Twenty eight Australian growers toured apple and pear production in the USA visiting different sites and growers, researchers and consultants.

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The new APFIP project aims to capitalise on the known production benefits of planting certified apple and pear trees and improve in other areas.

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Orchard management

AgFirst’s Nic Finger outlines what the future might look like for Australian apple and pear orchards in 20-30 years – an efficient and simple orchard.

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Marketing and branding

Levy-funded research is helping to understand how to improve the eating habits of women and girls by tapping into their desire to feel good.

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Pink Lady® gets a more sophisticated look and an ‘evolved’ approach to branding to help maintain the apple brand’s popularity.

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Research and development

Social research aims to guide higher adoption of area wide management in communities close to commercial horticultural production.

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Australia’s climate has warmed since 1910 and is likely to continue warming, so how will climate change affect apple and pear production here?

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Researchers are using nitrogen-tracing technology in a trial orchard to find out where nitrogen from fertiliser goes.

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Snippets from the latest apple and pear research from all around the world from breeding to post-harvest.

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State reports

By |December 21st, 2017|Australian Fruitgrower|

About the Author:

APAL is an industry representative body and non-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.