WA grower John Hearman finalist in national awards

John Hearman in the nursery An innovative approach to producing fast-establishing nursery trees has put WA orchardist John Hearman in the running for this year’s prestigious annual industry awards. John, a second-generation grower and fourth-generation farmer from Donnybrook, WA, has been shortlisted for both APAL’s Rising Star, and Hort Connections Young Grower of [...]

Quality nursery stock: the foundation of a good orchard

The team at Olea Nurseries strives to deliver quality trees and is constantly looking to source new rootstocks and varieties for both commercial growers and the retail sector. All the apple trees at Olea Nursery are grown on rootstock they have propagated themselves. Luigi and Angelina Bazzani established the nursery in 1966. Their [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|APFIP, Grafting, Varieties and rootstock, WA|

Orchard redevelopment

By John Wilton A sustainable orchard business needs to have a planned orchard redevelopment programme in order to maintain its variety mix and plantings at a profitable level of production and returns. This planning needs to be long term, at least five years out and preferably longer. Good orchard performance data should be the basis [...]

By |May 27th, 2016|Future Orchards, Grafting, Orchard design and density|

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|

Topworking: rapid and inexpensive orchard varietal change

Topworking, or changing the variety of an established tree by leaving it’s rootstock in place and grafting a new variety on top, can be a very quick, cost-effective and practical solution to establishing new varieties. Author:Dr Gordon BrownDirector Scientific Horticulture and Dry Ideas 03 6239 6411 In order to maximise profit in [...]

By |June 29th, 2014|Grafting|