Australian Fruitgrower – April 2015

This issue we meet apple grower and Farmer of the Year Robert Green, take a look at different picking platforms and what robotics might offer us in the future, check out tree statistics and learn how to avoid browning in Cripps Pink apples plus lots more.

Australian Fruitgrower March 2015 edition – download the full pdf (8MB)

Australian Fruitgrower March 2015 edition – download the full pdf (8MB)

It’s always good to meet people in the industry and I had a great email exchange with APAL’s New Horizons Scholar Thomas Griggs in preparing the news item about him for this issue. I find it really exciting to meet young people in our industry who are so engaged and enthusiastic about contributing. I am looking forward to meeting Thomas – and hopefully lots of other young people in our industry at the National Horticulture Convention in June this year. If you are a young person reading this – please join us and come along to the ‘NextGen’ session. Or if you have young people in your business – regardless of what area they work in – please encourage them to attend to develop their skills and networks, and hopefully to be inspired! We also showcase SA orchardist Robert Green, the 2014 Farmer of the Year and learn more about picking platforms and ag robotics. If you have specialised equipment in your orchard to help with mechanisation please let me know as (thanks to an inspired suggestion from SA grower Michael Stafford) we want to show what people are making and using. Sophie Clayton Communications and PR Manager

Grower profile

Rob Green

Robert Green: Farmer of the Year

Robert Green of Lenswood, SA, won the 2014 Australian Farmer of the Year Award, John Fitzsimmons discovers what led a relatively small scale apple grower from the Adelaide Hills to be nominated for this prestigious award. Read more…

Export markets

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Market Insights – Indonesia

Indonesia imports a lot of Australian pears and previously imported many Australian apples too. Competition from Chinese apples and South African pears remains tough but Australia’s proximity to Indonesia does give us a strategic advantage. Read more…


Cripps Pink flesh browning

Internal browning of Cripps Pink

The 2014/15 growing season has been cool across a range of apple production districts, which could lead to an increase in the incidence of internal browning in long term stored ‘Cripps Pink’ fruit. Read more…

Leaf drop orchard

Winter chill in 2014

With harvest now well under way with the early varieties in most states, it is timely to reflect on the success of flowering and fruit set this 2014-2015 season. Read more…

Orchard management

A Zucal picking machine relies on conveyers being positioned close to the pickers

Mechanisation: picking platforms

AgFirst explores where efficiency gains can be made by using picking platforms that can improve picker productivity and reduce picking costs per bin. Read more…

Industry statistics

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Make your tree stats count

Two growers share their accounts of using the Australian Pome Fruit Tree Registry as AgFirst looks for more grower participation to gather the tree statistics the industry needs to make informed decisions to increase grower profitability. Read more…

State roundup

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State Roundup – April 2015

Each of the states report good news about fruit already harvested with reports from Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Read more…


State Association Meeting March 2015

Pome fruit associations meet

APAL staff and members of the state associations representing apple and pear growers met recently to find ways to collaborate and help deliver better services to growers. Read more…

robotics ladybird

Ag Robotics Summer School

APAL’s Technical Manager Angus Crawford recently attended The University of Sydney’s Agricultural Field Robots Summer School to get a better handle on where the technology is regarding robotics for orchardists. Read more…


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Incorrect product labels found

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Management Authority (APVMA) has found a number of product labels with incorrect instructions to manage spray drift. Read more…

Thomas Griggs APAL Scholar

Bright spark from Tassie grabs scholarship

Nineteen year old Thomas Griggs from Tasmania has been awarded an APAL New Horizons Scholarship to undertake a Diploma of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College in 2015. Read more…

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Visa reform call

To help improve labour supply for orchardists, APAL has called on the Australian Government to improve the Seasonal Worker Program, Working Holiday (417) visas, and Temporary Work – Skilled (457) visas. Read more…

Kevin Sanders

Local orchardist to speak at international symposium

Victorian orchardist and APAL Deputy Chair Kevin Sanders has been invited to speak as an international research and development expert at the HORTGRO Science Technical Symposium 2015. Read more…

Swiss buyers visit Aus

International program to upskill growers

APAL is seeking expressions of interest from Australian apple and pear growers to take part in a new program designed to upskill growers to increase industry capacity to maximise tree productivity and profitability. Read more…

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