Fruit quality and monitoring

Balanced trees and timing to optimise quality

The 2018 APAL Future Orchards program focus on growing for quality and delivering consumers a great eating experience every time they eat an apple or pear has been one of the best-received and most successful to date. Growing for high quality produce and delivering our consumers a great eating experience every time they eat an [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Fruit quality and monitoring, Harvest management|

Simplifying quality at Nightingales

Simplicity is not the first word that springs to mind when considering the complexity of running five orchards across two states, a large packhouse and a fledgling cider operation. But at Nightingale Brothers, based in Victoria’s north east, continually striving for a way of delivering better quality more efficiently and smoothly is a goal that [...]

Summer management for quality

As the temperatures in the orchard start to rise, AgFirst’s John Wilton looks at how to minimise sunburn, avoid nutrition-related problems and improve colour towards lifting quality and packouts at harvest. By now, the first pass of hand thinning should have been completed. In order to produce high quality fruit, it is necessary to groom [...]

DCA offers benefits beyond the cold storage room

Cool storage technology for both apples and pears has advanced rapidly in Australia since 2014, particularly in Victoria, providing new opportunities for growers. HarvestWatch™ technology for use in Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere (DCA) storage was developed in Canada in 2001. It has been in use internationally for nearly two decades and was first introduced to Australia [...]

What do packouts tell us about management?

The essential ingredient for increasing low consumer apple consumption in Australia is delivering a high-quality apple. As part of the Hort Innovation-funded Future Orchards® program, AgFirst’s John Wilton helps us to understand the myriad factors – from variety choice and maturity at harvest to storage technique – that affect fruit quality, and explains how growers [...]

Increase light interception for quality gains

Maximising light interception and light distribution in orchards can help growers to maximise yield and quality, according to an international tree fruit expert. Dr Stefano Musacchi, Endowed Chair of Tree Fruit Physiology and Management at Washington State University’s Department of Horticulture, recently visited Australia as part of the Future Orchards® program that is funded by [...]

Optimise pruning and fruit quality

Download the following presentation from the Future Orchards® walks winter 2018 series: Optimize pruning and fruit quality in apple orchards, Stefano Musacchi (USA) – Part 1 |  Part 2

Fruit quality for 2019 starts now

The theme the Future Orchards® team will address over the next 12 months is ‘quality’. Quality fruit production requires a long-term plan; it doesn’t just happen at harvest and post-harvest. As this article will be read in the later part of the 2018 harvest, the time is right to start the quality discussion during the [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Fruit quality and monitoring, Future Orchards|

Harvest with customer requirements in mind

With harvest approaching, the emphasis in the orchard has to be on how to obtain the best market result for the crop we have managed to produce. The Fuji on the left were chemically thinned with Benzyladenine and consequently had a lighter crop load and better fruit colour than the Fuji on the right, [...]

Post-harvest management for quality

  Harvest is a busy time and with fruit flowing in, weather and prices changing daily and the need to make decisions quickly, it pays to have some background information to help assess the ramifications of those decisions fresh in mind. A considerable amount of levy payer money goes into researching the impact of various [...]