Machinery and mechanisation

Opportunity to trial online WHS system

Australian apple and pear growing businesses have the opportunity to participate in a free trial of an online workplace health and safety (WHS) management system. APAL is working with South Australian-based Safe Ag Systems to provide an opportunity for eight businesses, of varying size and location, to participate in a three-month free trial of the software. [...]

How do I keep up with data?

The APAL Industry Forum that took place in Melbourne on June 24 hosted a number of speakers that canvassed the future of agricultural technology with a mixture of optimism and hard truths. Stefan Hajkowicz opened the day speaking about the changing tide as a literal ocean rip that can be fought in a futile struggle [...]

APAL Industry Forum 2019 highlights opportunities

Dr Hugo Britt looks at three key areas of opportunity that emerged from APAL’s 2019 Industry Forum. The 2019 APAL Industry Forum took place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne on June 24. One hundred and eighty members of the apple and pear industry came together at the Melbourne Convention [...]

Riding the Wave: 7 Megatrends Impacting the Industry

How Apple and Pear Growers Can Respond To 7 Megatrends Impacting the Industry Written by Dr Hugo Britt. Deadly rips have killed 230 Australians over the past 12 years. Typically, swimmers perish because they attempt to fight against the current, become exhausted, and can no longer keep their heads above the water. The rip either [...]

Snapshot of CSIRO’s report on megatrends

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz You can’t choose whether or not the change happens, but you can control how you react to it. Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, director of the CSIRO Data61 Insight Team, provides a snapshot of the upcoming report “Our Future World” which outlines the megatrends reshaping our global landscape. The concept of 'megatrends' [...]

What type of connectivity is right for me?

Dr Hugo Britt continues his two part series on connectivity in Australian agriculture by delving into the different options available for growers. Read part 1 here. Without connectivity, there can be no digital enablement across Australian orchards. Growers who are looking to invest in AgTech and reap the benefits of real-time data must first ensure [...]

No AgTech without Connectivity

Dr Hugo Britt explores a KPMG report and its implications for AgTech in Part one of a two-part series. Read part 2 here. The agricultural world is abuzz with talk of Agri 4.0: the opportunity to supercharge agricultural productivity through digitisation with the potential to grow Australian agriculture into a $100 billion industry by 2030. [...]

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 [...]

FRUITCo, Jeftomson’s packhouse revolution

Geoffrey Thompson Holdings Limited, more commonly known as Jeftomson, has received a $15 million grant from the Federal Government for its ‘FRUITCo’ project. The project consists of the purchase of high-tech new food handling equipment that will significantly reduce packing cost, which will allow the Australian industry to be more competitive in the international market. [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Exporting, Machinery and mechanisation, News|

US growers share experience at IFTA

Contents of this article were sourced from GrowingProduce.com, the aggregate site of American/Western Fruit Grower, American Vegetable Grower, and Florida Grower magazines. Find the original articles by Christina Herrick here and here. Roger Bannister's multileader trees planted in 2015 are seen here at Excelsior Farms. (Photo: Christina Herrick) The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) held its [...]