Angus Crawford

About Angus Crawford

Technical Manager, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd
03 9329 3511

Grant offers hope to register product for Alternaria disease

In a recent development for apple growers concerned about the disease-causing fungus Alternaria, the Australian Government will fund research to support the registration of the crop protection product Switch (Cyprodinil and Fludioxonil) for Alternaria. The funding was announced under Round 3 of the Australian Government’s AgVet Chemical Grants Program to improve farmers’ access to agvet [...]

2018 National Apple and Pear Crop Estimate

Key points: Gross pome production up 3 per cent Apples – Class 1 packout volumes down 7 per cent Pears – volumes up 14 per cent Other states lead Vic in trend to managed varieties The 2018 Australian apple and pear crop will be up three per cent on last year’s levels, but Class 1 [...]

By |February 7th, 2018|Industry Data, News|

Rootstock choices offer powerful productivity tool

Strategic rootstock selection has a key role to play in driving the productivity of the future orchard system, growers at the well-attended spring Future Orchards® walks late last year were told. Rootstocks, once established, will underpin the orchard for decades.  While it is critical to continue selecting rootstocks based on productivity traits, there will be [...]

By |January 10th, 2018|Future Orchards, News, Varieties and rootstock|

NRS to test for metals and microbes from Jan 2018

The Apple & Pear National Residue Survey (NRS) will be expanded from January this year to include microbiological and heavy metals screening in addition to the existing pesticide residue analysis  to reflect growing demands for more comprehensive food safety data. The expansion of the program will enable the full suite of tests to now be [...]

By |January 3rd, 2018|Chemical use, Levies, Market access, National Residue Survey, News|

Exporters to EU advised iprodione approval to end in 2018

Australian growers exporting to the European Union are being advised to immediately cease using products containing the active constituent iprodione following an EU decision to withdraw approval for the substance from next year. EU members states have been given until June 2018 to withdraw authorisation for iprodione use, following the EU decision on 14 November 2017 [...]

By |December 19th, 2017|Chemical use, Exporting, Post-harvest diseases and disorders|

Australian growers visit apple industry in Washington

In August 2017 APAL took a group of 28 Australian apple and pear growers on a tour of apple and pear production in Washington State in the USA. The group visited more than 25 sites, meeting 30-plus growers, researchers and consultants. Aussie growers at Washington State University's Sunrise Orchard: (lt to rt)Angus Crawford, Josie Fouache, [...]

By |October 4th, 2017|Education, News|

Transform™ use extended for control of San José scale       

Transform™ Insecticide, a DOW AgroSciences product, has now been approved for control of San José scale for pomefruit including apples, pears and nashi.  The product is registered in pomefruit for the control of woolly aphid, apple dimpling bug, longtailed mealybug and tuber mealybug. The change also extends use to avocados, macadamia and strawberry.  Citrus has [...]

By |September 20th, 2017|News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Orchard Trellis Design – A Balance of Forces

A Washington State study into designing high density orchard trellises has some useful messages and handy online tool for Australian growers. A new online tool which can reduce the risk of trellis failure under high load by customising orchard systems to meet the demands of local conditions is the key output of a recent Washington [...]

Variety choice served at Future Orchards walks

In the recently completed Future Orchards® winter walks in June 2017, guest speakers discussed variety mix and broached the almost impossible question: What variety should I plant? To lay the foundation here we need to go back to the March 2017 Future Orchards autumn walks where AgFirst showed the importance of assessing the profitability of [...]

By |July 12th, 2017|Future Orchards, News|

WA apples and pears soon to be free of TPP trade restrictions

Western Australian apple and pear growers caught up in trade restrictions relating to the recent exotic pest Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) outbreak will soon be able to trade interstate again. Apple and pear fruit free of leafy material has been recognised as a non-carrier of the Tomato potato psyllid (TPP). Picture: DAFWA. An [...]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Biosecurity, News|