Industry Data

Farm technology Q&A with Jesse Reader

Technology is changing fast, and the orchard technology as fast as any. Growers looking to keep up to date need to keep an eye on what's up and coming in the tech sphere and how  best to prepare themselves for challenges and opportunities. APAL caught up with Jesse Reader, the Agriculture Sector Specialist at Robert Bosch [...]

APAL appointment to enhance industry decision making

APAL is pleased to welcome Hui Dang to the team in the role of Data Scientist. Her main role will be to manage, collect, and analyse data across the full spectrum of the apple and pear industry, including the analysis of data sets and the identification of patterns and trends. She will also be involved [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Industry Data, News|

Apple consumer data now available online

Reports on consumer apple-purchasing behaviour, by volume, and by value, are now available via an online levy-funded dashboard Harvest to Home. Harvest to Home is an analytics tool, developed by global measurement and data analytics company Nielsen Australia, and Hort Innovation, providing insights on market performance and shopper behaviour for a range of industries. Reports are housed [...]

By |December 4th, 2018|Hort Innovation, Industry Data, News|

Data – a vital business input

Collecting data may be time-consuming but, as Sarah Dunn from Battunga Orchards in West Gippsland shares, it can deliver significant cost savings and is vital in helping make good business decisions for long-term profitability. In an orchard, data collection can mean recording all daily activities including spraying, pruning, thinning, fruit measuring, pest monitoring, general maintenance, [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|Industry Data, News|

2018 National Apple and Pear Crop Estimate

Key points: Gross pome production up 3 per cent Apples – Class 1 packout volumes down 7 per cent Pears – volumes up 14 per cent Other states lead Vic in trend to managed varieties The 2018 Australian apple and pear crop will be up three per cent on last year’s levels, but Class 1 [...]

By |February 7th, 2018|Industry Data, News|

Orchard Business Analysis 2016-2017

The objective of the Future Orchards® Orchard Business Analysis (OBA) is to determine the productivity and economic performance of the Australian pome fruit industry. AgFirst collects the physical and financial data from a minimum of 24 orchard businesses, located throughout Australia. This data is then analysed and used to create an industry model.  This model captures the [...]

By |December 13th, 2017|Future Orchards, Industry Data, News|

Quality over quantity as growers report volumes down

Apple and pear volumes could be down as much as 10 per cent on pre-harvest forecasts according to end of season grower harvest reports, but the good news is that quality is up. Pink Lady® apples ready to be harvested in the next couple of days in southern Victoria. As Australia’s apple and [...]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Industry Data, News|

Apple and Pear Variety Register – 2017

By Angus Crawford APAL has updated our Apple and Pear Variety Register that provides growers with a summary of currently available varieties and those in development for Australia.  Apple and Pear Variety Register The aim of the register is to provide an independent overview of the array of apple and pear varieties currently available and [...]

By |January 30th, 2017|Industry Data, Varieties and rootstock|

Apple exports at ten year high

By Wayne Prowse Exports of Australian apples are the best in a decade, while Indonesia continues to drive pear exports, as shown in Fresh Intelligence’s analysis of export data to November 2016.  Apples Australian apple exports are on track to reach 5,200 tonnes for 2016, which would be the highest result since 2006 according to [...]

By |January 30th, 2017|Exporting, Industry Data|

How does your orchard stack up?

The results of the most comprehensive study to determine how Australian apple and pear growing businesses are performing show that the benchmark yield increased by 28 per cent between 2014 and 2015 to an all-time high of 47.9 tonnes per hectare. Every year, AgFirst compiles the results of the Orchard Business Analysis (OBA) to determine [...]

By |September 20th, 2016|Future Orchards, Industry Data|