Netting, hail and sunburn

APAL Leads Calls for National Netting Program

Record temperatures, devastating storms and drought-related pest infestations have prompted the apple and pear industry to call for a government-subsidised National Netting Program. Led by APAL, state members, federal members, and candidates are being lobbied to: Establish a national netting grant program; Introduce accelerated depreciation for netting; Improved ease and accessibility of low-interest loans; and [...]

By |May 8th, 2019|APAL, Government submissions, Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

Managing Climate Risk

The politicians may still be arguing about climate change, but growers are facing the impacts of increasingly erratic climate daily. At the latest round of Future Orchards® walks, AgFirst consultant Steve Spark shared some practical ideas on how to plan for and mitigate the risks associated with climate change. Managing climate risks are probably one [...]

A national netting program for apples and pears

Extreme weather events this year have highlighted the need for netting to protect against hail, sunburn, birds and flying foxes. APAL’s Head of Government Relations and Advocacy Jeremy Griffith has been busy developing a submission to Government for a program of achievable support for growers to protect their crops and improve long term sustainability. Weather [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|Advocacy, Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

Hailstorm Heroes returns in 2019

After devastating hailstorms in South Australia late last year, new season fruit has been left dotted with hail marks for the second year running. South Australian growers want to assure consumers that a few spots on the skin of the fruit do not affect the texture or flavour in any way. However, to draw attention [...]

Annual Crop Estimate Impacted by Extreme Weather

Unprecedented heat and worsening drought conditions in many growing regions has prompted calls for the annual Apple & Pear Crop Estimate to be downgraded, just weeks after its initial release. Despite early signs of a bumper apple crop (initially predicted to be up more than 8 per cent on last year by the AgFirst and [...]

Orchards get sun smart in record heatwave

With temperatures soaring well above 40 degrees around Australia, the recent heatwave has once again raised the issue of sun protection for fruit. Options include everything from spray-on sun protection products, to shade netting, to overhead misting and sprinkler systems to bring orchard temperatures down. The maximum temperature of the sun-exposed fruit surface of apples [...]

NSW Hailstorm update

Coming just weeks after hailstorms swept the Adelaide Hills region, heavy midnight storm systems over Orange, NSW, dumped 20 millimeters of rain in just 14 minutes with far higher rainfall totals recorded over the December 13 - 14 period. Accompanied by hail and heavy winds, apple and cherry crops were heavily impacted. Those apple orchards [...]

By |December 19th, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

SA Hailstorm update

Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia (APGASA) CEO Susie Green has given an update on the damage to crops incurred during the hailstorm two weeks ago. APGASA undertook damage assessments late last week by sampling around 85 blocks across the Adelaide Hills Region, with at least one sample collected from nearly every grower. As [...]

By |December 5th, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

SA growers count crop losses after hail strikes again

  APGASA CEO Susie Green addresses a grower meeting to discuss assessment of damage and next steps in the wake of last week's severe hail storms. For the second consecutive year, growers in the South Australian Adelaide Hills have been struck by severe hail storms, just as the new season's young fruit was [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

Shedding light on netting

Netting intercepts solar radiation, reducing the amount of energy reaching fruit and hence lowering the risk of sunburn and colour bleaching of fruit. However, netting also lowers radiation that is needed for photosynthesis and colour development. In this article we present some preliminary data on the effects of netting on some important wavelengths of light. [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn|