Angus Crawford

About Angus Crawford

Technical Manager, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd
03 9329 3511

Quality over quantity as growers report volumes down

Apple and pear volumes could be down as much as 10 per cent on pre-harvest forecasts according to end of season grower harvest reports, but the good news is that quality is up. Pink Lady® apples ready to be harvested in the next couple of days in southern Victoria. As Australia’s apple and [...]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Industry Data, News|

Post-Harvest Seminar – quality starts before harvest

To kick start the 2017 year, APAL held its annual Post-Harvest Seminar in Adelaide, South Australia, in January, attended by over 80 people in the industry.  Many topics were covered aimed at improving the way we grow, handle and store apple and pears pre-harvest in order to ensure quality going into cold storage. Post-harvest quality [...]

Apple and Pear Variety Register – 2017

By Angus Crawford APAL has updated our Apple and Pear Variety Register that provides growers with a summary of currently available varieties and those in development for Australia.  Apple and Pear Variety Register The aim of the register is to provide an independent overview of the array of apple and pear varieties currently available and [...]

By |January 30th, 2017|Industry Data, Varieties and rootstock|

Australia steps up to eradicate bee-destroying mite

With two detections of the bee-destroying Varroa mite found in Queensland, APAL is informing growers that the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) will need to be activated - this means that growers will help to fund the pest’s eradication. To protect Australia's bees and the apple and pear industry that relies on [...]

By |December 5th, 2016|Biosecurity, EPPR levy, News|

Contribute to new industry biosecurity plan

Plant Health Australia are in the process of updating the apple and pear industry biosecurity plan and want input from growers. APAL is therefore looking for industry volunteers to participate in the review and its implementation.  Volunteers should have agronomic experience and an understanding of the apple and pear industry.  Some knowledge of biosecurity is also [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|Biosecurity, News|

Ethephon, enhancing colour in apples

Ethephon has a range of valuable uses in the orchard, but we need to carefully consider how and when it is used to enhance colour because its use before harvest can affect other fruit quality traits and long-term storage potential. By Angus Crawford Ethephon can be part of your management to improve colour, but [...]

By |May 17th, 2016|Chemical use, Fruit quality and monitoring|

Minor use permit issued for Polyram

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has issued an updated minor use permit for the active constituent metiram (PER12864) for use on apples to control Alternaria species. The permit was due to expire on 30 June 2016, but will now expire 30 June 2021. Polyram®, which contains metiram, has full registration for the [...]

By |May 10th, 2016|Chemical use, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Exporters, know your limits

Author: Angus Crawford Technical Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 Apple and pear growers and exporters are reminded to know the maximum residue limit (MRL) requirements of the countries they export to. ** view the latest Maximum Residue Limits for apples and pears - March 2016 ** In January, the European Union (EU) [...]

By |February 24th, 2016|Chemical use, Exporting|

Post-harvest seminar focuses on improving quality

Author: Angus Crawford Technical Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 Around 100 packing shed managers, orchard managers and industry advisors from across the country participated in APAL’s Post-harvest Seminar to learn about research and ideas to improve post-harvest quality in apples and pears. First up, horticultural consultant Marcel Veens advised us that achieving [...]

By |February 1st, 2016|Fruit maturity management, Post-harvest quality|

APAL’s 2015 European study tour

Author: Angus Crawford Technical Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 In August, APAL’s Technical Manager, Angus Crawford, led a group of Australian growers on a trip through the apple and pear growing regions of Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands to meet with local growers and learn more about their businesses. Throughout the 10 [...]

By |November 1st, 2015|News|