Jesse Reader

About Jesse Reader

Jesse was APAL's Technical Manager from 2011 to 2014.

Introducing the new Focus Orchards

By Jesse Reader In great news for the industry, Hort Innovation has re-funded APAL and AgFirst to continue running the Future Orchards™ program comprising the twice yearly nationwide orchard walk roadshow and regional Focus Orchards trials.    New Focus Orchards manager Arames Volpato (rt) and Future Orchards Front Line Advisor Stephen Tancred (lt). With APAL set to launch a fresh five-year [...]

By |December 14th, 2015|Future Orchards|

The Australian orchard of the future

By Jesse Reader At the 2015 National Horticulture Convention, Jesse Reader convened a panel discussion titled ‘Tripling orchard profitability by 2030, can you do it?’ Here Jesse shares some key points from the discussion that highlighted features of the future Australian orchard.  A two dimensional fruit wall. This discussion was centred on the [...]

Q&A at Battunga Orchards: Harvesting data and pruning by numbers

By Jesse Reader AgFirst's Jesse Reader interviews Mark Trzaskoma of Battunga Orchards as part of a grower case study of orchard optimisation in Victoria. Auvil Fruit Company in the USA: it's not hard to see where Mark's inspiration came from. It becomes apparent very quickly when you drive into Battunga Orchards in Gippsland, [...]

By |June 29th, 2015|Future Orchards, Orchard design and density, Victoria|

Pressing on when nature is against you: a grafting success story

AgFirst’s Jesse Reader explains how grafting was used to successfully rework an orchard in response to the drought – resulting in substantial yield improvements.   By Jesse Reader A well-sealed and taped graft. Between 2007 and 2010, when many Victorian apple growers were feeling the brunt of the drought, some chose to push [...]

By |April 30th, 2015|Future Orchards, Grafting|

A critical time for orchard management

To help growers in this busy time of year, AgFirst’s Jesse Reader gives a run-down on the important orchard management activities that need to be done now to help optimise orchard productivity. Author: Jesse Reader AgFirst Australia 0419 107 245 2014 is all but over and it’s around this time we often [...]

By |December 6th, 2014|Vigour, crop load and thinning|

Key components of a Future Orchard

At the time of writing I had just finished another successful two weeks on the road with the Future Orchards® program. Our guests Dr. Mark Goodwin from Plant and Food Research NZ and Alberto Dorigoni from the Agricultural Institute of San Michele all'Adige, Italy both gave participants an insight into the challenges and opportunities that [...]

By |August 27th, 2013|Future Orchards, Orchard design and density|