Harvest management

Pedestrian orchards better for workers and growers

Australia is, if not already, very close to being the highest price orchard labour market in the world. Availability of labour seems acceptable at present but many growers are starting to find availability of skilled labour an increasing constraint to future business confidence.   Pickers will be more likely to want to work in [...]

Labour-saving harvest techniques

With harvest in full swing, if not already completed in some regions and for some varieties, it’s timely to look at how orchardists can reduce their labour costs and look at some interesting machines from Europe that can help. A rise in orchard production costs around the world has had a major influence on the [...]

Pre-harvest orchard performance appraisal

By John Wilton Just before harvest is a great time to assess the performance of your orchard management strategy, so there is time to start implementing changes to optimise next season’s crop. I consider that just prior to harvest commencing is a key time to view the orchard and its crop. It is at this [...]

By |January 29th, 2016|Future Orchards, Harvest management|

Improving harvest efficiencies with picking platforms

AgFirst explores where efficiency gains can be made by using picking platforms that can improve picker productivity and reduce picking costs per bin. By Craig Hornblow Harvest is approaching 50 per cent of the labour cost within an orchard and the benefits of reducing this are considerable. Picking platforms have the ability to both improve [...]

Post-harvest orchard management

By John Wilton After this year’s harvest it’s time to get tree nutrition, pruning and branch training right to ensure next season’s crop is a good one. These Cripps Pink trees were spring trained. Note the strong upright shoot growth and poor terminal extension growth. Delaying branch training until the autumn avoids these problems. [...]

By |January 30th, 2015|Future Orchards, Harvest management|