Vigour, crop load and thinning

New agri-tech project aims to help with thinning

While still in its very early stages, a new project aims to develop a system to measure tree canopy and flower density to help growers choose an optimal chemical thinning regime for apple flowers. A new levy-funded project will look at using agricultural robots to measure tree canopy and flower density and deliver a more [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|Hort Innovation, Vigour, crop load and thinning|

Growing a quality crop with limited water

With growers looking to set up their crop for the coming season with the possibility of limited water, AgFirst’s John Wilton explores ways to grow marketable crops in a dry year; methods that are also relevant if water is not an issue. High quality requires thinning to well-spaced singles. Matching crop load to [...]

Do Australian growers need a tool for secondary thinning?

Could a tool used in the US to help apple growers better manage secondary thinning to optimise fruit quality and maximise productivity be of use in Australia? PIPS researchers plan to find out. Apple trees produce more flowers than the number of fruit that growers wish to crop. Growers need to manage this oversupply of [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|PIPS, Vigour, crop load and thinning|

New project to deliver Agri-tech solutions

A new levy-funded project will look at using agricultural robots to measure tree canopy and flower density and deliver a more precise, variable spraying solution for apple flower thinning. Led by Queensland-based SwarmFarm Robotics, the Developing Agri-Tech solutions for the Australian apple industry project is tasked with developing a new system to measure tree canopy [...]

Make a smart crop load management choice

In a commercial orchard in Tasmania a mix of different thinning and crop load management techniques have been put to the test, shedding light on which ones are the most cost- and time-effective to implement, and what impact they have on fruit quality and yield. A trial conducted in this Gala orchard in Tasmania [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|PIPS, Pruning and training, Tasmania, Vigour, crop load and thinning|

Setting the orchard up for the 2018 crop

AgFirst's John Wilton looks at what to do now to prepare for the 2018 crop covering thinning, setting crop loads, summer pruning and tree vigour management. Healthy Jazz buds. By now it should be possible to see the level of fruitset for the coming crop and determine how effective chemical thinning programs have [...]

Future Orchards trial report: Flower removal strategies

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Comparison of flower removal strategies in young trees for growth response. Region: Southern Victoria Contact: Jabbar Khan and Angus Crawford  

Future Orchards trial report: Evaluating SNAP trees

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Evaluating the value of SNAP trees. Region: Manjimup, WA Contact: Susie Murphy White  

Future Orchards trial report: Leaf defoliation demonstration

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Leaf defoliation in low chilling environments. Region: Manjimup, WA Contact: Susie Murphy White  

Future Orchards trial update: Leaf defoliation demonstration

Download the June report for the Future Orchards® trial: Leaf defoliation demonstration. Region: Manjimup, WA Contact: Susie Murphy White