Australian Fruitgrower – Oct/Nov 2018

APAL has devoted considerable effort to mapping the strengths and challenges facing the apple and pear industry and preparing a strategy to deliver real improvement in value over the five years to 2023.

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Profile

Robotics and automation will play a key role in fifth-generation fruit grower Mitchell McNab’s plans to drive efficiencies and quality in his Goulburn Valley family orchard.

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Management

AgFirst’s John Wilton explores ways to grow marketable crops in a dry year; methods that are also relevant if water is not an issue.

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Sarah Dunn, Battunga Orchards, shares how data can save costs and be used to make good business decisions for long-term profitability.

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Special feature

Over the next five years, the apple and pear industry has the potential to positively shift its commercial and sustainability prospects. This is the core message to come out of the new Apple and Pear Industry Strategy 2018-2023 co-ordinated on behalf of the industry by APAL.

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Marketing

Consumer research commissioned by APAL on why people buy apples and pears will underpin the development of new industry strategies to grow consumption.

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To build on export opportunities, APAL is assisting the Goulburn Valley pear growers’ group to develop a brand for the exclusive use of program participants.

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The launch of a new premium-pear brand Goulburn River Gold® and blush pear Fránk™ at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong attracted interest from international buyers.

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Hort Innovation’s Olivia Grey shares an update of targeted marketing activities part of the 2018 marketing campaign for apples and pears.

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Nielsen has reported on how people snack on apples and pears, information which could help growers market their produce.

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Eating apples is good for you, ongoing research carried out by The University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University has reaffirmed.

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Research and development

A new project aims to develop a system to measure tree canopy and flower density to help growers choose an optimal chemical thinning regime for apple flowers.

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A new handbook and website that makes identification of fruit flies easier – hopefully aiding in the early detection of exotic pest incursions.

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Could a US tool that helps apple growers manage secondary thinning to optimise fruit quality and maximise productivity be used here?

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Research updates covering nursery and breeding; production; water and temperatures; flowering to fruit set; post-harvest; and harvest.

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State reports

By |October 22nd, 2018|Australian Fruitgrower|

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