Growing

Canopy drives water use

Gordon Brown reviews South African research on water use in Cripps Pink and Golden Delicious highlighting the importance of understanding water use when planning orchard systems. The Western Cape region of South Africa experiences Mediterranean climatic conditions where most of the rain falls during winter. Like many apple growing-regions in Australia this region experiences severe [...]

Project to breed climate-proof apples

This article originally appeared on the Plant and Food Research website. Link. https://youtu.be/vE4M9tfCcz0 New, superior tasting apples and pears that can thrive in the planet’s increasingly warm climate will soon be available to fruit growers worldwide. T&G Global (formerly Turners & Growers) has joined Plant & Food Research, the Institute of Agriculture and Food Research [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|Climate change, Growing, Varieties and rootstock|

Exciting times for an expanding South Australian orchard

  This article was originally published on Freshplaza.com. Magarey Orchard is celebrating its 110th anniversary and has been growing pears for over a century.   Magarey Orchard is expanding its plum production, with extra plantings set to increase its volumes within the next five years. Cousins Judy and Eljsa Magarey are fifth generation farmers, and [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Growing, Pears, South Australia|

Pushing orchard performance boundaries

AgFirst’s John Wilton hones in on some key factors – particularly chemical thinning in the lead up to spring – that orchardists can concentrate on to optimise yield and fruit colour.  In preparation for writing this article I spent some time trawling through our OrchardNet™ Australian database. The database shows that in general, Australian orchard yield performance is climbing. The two major varieties [...]