NSW state report – Autumn 2019

Orange Orange district growers faced a significant weather challenge just before the 2018 festive season, when a series of storms swept through the district on 13-14 December. NSW Farmers and NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) representatives worked collaboratively to assess and report on the damage to crops and structures, which was estimated to be [...]

By |May 3rd, 2019|NSW-ACT|

NSW state report – Dec 2018/Jan 2019

Early spring conditions across the key NSW apple production districts of Batlow, Orange, and Bilpin/Sydney Basin have been quite favourable, with some reasonable precipitation events in the lead-up to bloom ensuring good early fruit growth. Water storages around the districts vary by location but are all generally lower than normal for this time of year. [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|NSW-ACT|

NSW state report – Oct/Nov 2018

Winter across the NSW growing regions was cold and dry. Cold nights and regular frosts ensured adequate chilling, however below average rainfall has meant that many growers started the new season with less than ideal water storage levels. At the time of writing almost 100 per cent of the state is officially drought declared. Current [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|Climate change, NSW-ACT|

NSW state report – Aug/Sep 2018

Attendance and engagement at the June Future Orchards® walks at both Orange and Batlow were excellent. Good attendances at the Orange and Batlow Orchard Walks in June were very encouraging. At Orange, local representation was strong and there were quite a few who had travelled from Bilpin, Blackheath and O’Connell. It was great [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|NSW-ACT|

NSW state report – Jun/Jul 2018

Orange The apple harvest months of February, March and April at Orange have seen above average temperatures (both maximum and minimum) and below average rainfall. As we approach the culmination of this harvest season, growers are relying heavily on water storages for irrigation to help finish late varieties. Achieving good colour development in ordinary Cripps Pink is proving to be [...]

By |June 19th, 2018|NSW-ACT|

NSW state report – Apr/May 2018

Bilpin According to local sources, Bilpin experienced an unprecedented hot and dry summer, and spring was very dry too. Some welcome relief came in the last week of February when the district received about 94mm of rain. At the time of writing, daytime maximum temperatures through the harvest period have been in the 22°C–28°C range [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|NSW-ACT|

NSW state report – Feb/Mar 2018

The cool-climate growing districts of Batlow and Orange suit the production of cherries as well as apples. Growers with both crops reported good cherry prices in the wholesale market up to the Christmas and New Year period. For most, the cherries provided a welcome early cashflow long before the first apples were harvested. There are [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|NSW-ACT|

Determination to stop hail damage grows netting business

Wild weather events that can damage crops, such as the hail storms that hit Victorian and South Australian fruit growers last year, highlight the importance of protecting fruit trees with netting. Thirteen years ago Michael Cunial decided he’d had enough of losing crops to hail damage in his Orange, NSW, orchard and he wanted to [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn, NSW-ACT, Profile|

NSW state report – Dec 2017/Jan 2018

What a turnaround there has been in the season from last year. Orange year-to-date rainfall is currently only 406mm – well below the average of 807mm and well behind the record rainfall last winter/spring of 1115mm. However, welcome rainfall over the past few weeks has certainly topped up soil profiles, as can be seen in [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|NSW-ACT|

Future Orchards trial update: NAA impact on return bloom

Download the interim report for the Future Orchards® trial: Impact of summer NAA on return bloom in Red Fuji. Region: Batlow, NSW Contact: Kevin Dodds  

By |September 26th, 2017|Dormancy, flowering and pollination, Future Orchards, NSW-ACT|