Future Orchards

Growing a quality crop with limited water

With growers looking to set up their crop for the coming season with the possibility of limited water, AgFirst’s John Wilton explores ways to grow marketable crops in a dry year; methods that are also relevant if water is not an issue. High quality requires thinning to well-spaced singles. Matching crop load to [...]

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 [...]

Future Orchards walks – Spring 2018

Managing crop load for better fruit quality will be the focus of the Spring 2018 round of Future Orchards® walks to be held in the last two weeks of September. Download the 2018 Spring Future Orchards walk flyer. These walks will continue the focus on production quality begun in June where speakers looked [...]

By |August 14th, 2018|Future Orchards, News|

Winter management critical for fruit quality

Now the pressure has come off after a busy harvesting season, winter is a great time to review the successes of the season and, more importantly, where you didn’t quite hit the home runs you were after. Once this has been done you can plan a new, improved strategy for next season. As you often hear, “the definition [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|Future Orchards, Pruning and training|

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 [...]

Pear Masterclass focusses on orchard management

Experts with global experience shared advice about orchard management for quality pears at the Future Orchards® Pear Masterclass last week. Associate Professor Stefano Musacchi, Washington State University. at the Tatura research orchard. About 40 growers travelled to Agriculture Victoria’s Tatura centre and heard from guest speakers including Associate Professor Stefano Musacchi, Washington State [...]

By |June 6th, 2018|Future Orchards, News, Orchard design and density, Pears|

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|

Future Orchards walks – Winter 2018

The Future Orchards® team is pleased to announce the next round of orchard walks is set for June 2018 where the topic will be growing for quality to better meet customer expectations. Download the Future Orchards walks - winter 2018 flyer. For the Southern Loop we are joined by guest Associate Professor Stefano Musacchi from [...]

By |April 3rd, 2018|Future Orchards, News|

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, [...]

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|