Angus Crawford

About Angus Crawford

Technical Manager, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd
acrawford@apal.org.au
03 9329 3511

Lightbulb moments make for orchard innovations

Author: Angus Crawford Technical Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 acrawford@apal.org.au For the few that missed it, a wave of momentum was seen in the industry during the most recent round of Future Orchards® walks held in July, which were attended by nearly 350 growers Australia-wide.  Two growers, Mark Trzaskoma and David Finger, who [...]

By |August 31st, 2015|Future Orchards|

Improving labour productivity in orchards

The Future Orchards® March 2015 orchard walks looked at ways to review the performance of our current season in 2015 as well as ways to improve on farm labour productivity. These harvest orchard walks asked the question: Have orchard blocks met expectations for the year? Harvest is a time when the results of management are [...]

The challenges of ag robotics

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.  Author: Angus Crawford Technical Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 acrawford@apal.org.au As an international event, the Summer School drew in roboticist researchers from the [...]

By |March 19th, 2015|Machinery and mechanisation|

Getting ready for the next agri-chemical sweep up

A number of agri-chemicals used by apple and pear growers may not be re-registered when they are reviewed and Australian growers are not getting access to other new products that may be useful in orchard management.                    Author: Angus Crawford Technical Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 acrawford@apal.org.au Quietly sitting on the APVMA (Australian [...]

By |February 26th, 2015|Chemical use|

Spraying lesson and orchard business analysis

Author: Angus Crawford Technical Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 0427 111 852 acrawford@apal.org.au APAL’s Future Orchards® summer walks held last year featured special guest Dr David Manktelow from freshLearn New Zealand who spoke about optimising spray application in apples and AgFirst’s Ross Wilson (Northern Loop) and Craig Hornblow (Southern Loop) presenting the Orchard [...]

Apple and pear variety registry 2014

In response to a specific request from key stakeholders in the apple and pear industry, APAL has compiled a list of all available and emerging apple and pear varieties in Australia. Author: Angus Crawford Technical Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 acrawford@apal.org.au Over many years the variety makeup of Australia’s apple and pear industry [...]

By |October 24th, 2014|Varieties and rootstock|