Orchard design and density

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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 [...]

Trees take off on pre-planting treatment

A decision to treat his soil with chloropicrin prior to replanting to prevent apple replant disease (ARD) is amply rewarding Kirup grower Rob Tassone with vigorous, healthy trees off to a flying start. Young trees planted into soil treated with chloropicrin are well over Rob Tassone’s head six months after planting. ARD can [...]

Beneficial bacteria and chloropicrin vie for honours

Chloropicrin was the standout performer in the first year of a Future Orchards trial of pre-plant treatments of old apple ground in Manjimup, WA. Pomewest project manager and Future Orchards front line advisor for Western Australia Susie Murphy White revisits the trial to see how trees performed in the second year.   A Future Orchards® [...]

Canopy drives water use

Gordon Brown reviews South African research on water use in Cripps Pink and Golden Delicious highlighting the importance of understanding water use when planning orchard systems. The Western Cape region of South Africa experiences Mediterranean climatic conditions where most of the rain falls during winter. Like many apple growing-regions in Australia this region experiences severe [...]

Effects of crop load on apple fruit maturity

Fruit maturity at harvest plays a key role in quality. Dario Stefanelli, of Agriculture Victoria, outlines the results of trials into the effect of crop load on fruit maturity which form part of an international collaborative project to better understand biennial bearing. Apples are among the most important commercial fruit crops grown worldwide. Meeting market [...]

Summer management for quality

As the temperatures in the orchard start to rise, AgFirst’s John Wilton looks at how to minimise sunburn, avoid nutrition-related problems and improve colour towards lifting quality and packouts at harvest. By now, the first pass of hand thinning should have been completed. In order to produce high quality fruit, it is necessary to groom [...]

Planting systems for blush pears

Agriculture Victoria shares the results of their experiment within the Profitable Pears project to help identify the best rootstock, planting density and training system for blush pears.   Replanting or establishing new orchard blocks is a costly exercise. Decisions regarding cultivar, rootstock, training system and planting density have implications for not just potential profits but also [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Orchard design and density, Pears, PIPS, Varieties and rootstock|

Pear Masterclass focusses on orchard management

Experts with global experience shared advice about orchard management for quality pears at the Future Orchards® Pear Masterclass last week. Associate Professor Stefano Musacchi, Washington State University. at the Tatura research orchard. About 40 growers travelled to Agriculture Victoria’s Tatura centre and heard from guest speakers including Associate Professor Stefano Musacchi, Washington State [...]

By |June 6th, 2018|Future Orchards, News, Orchard design and density, Pears|

What will the ‘future orchard’ look like?

AgFirst’s Nic Finger outlines what the future might look like for Australian apple and pear orchards in 20-30 years as efficient and simple orchards become more prominent. There is no denying that current orchard management practices are shifting towards efficient designs whereby productivity is maximised for a given, and often limited, set of resources. Intensification, [...]

By |December 20th, 2017|Future Orchards, Orchard design and density|

Orchard Trellis Design – A Balance of Forces

A Washington State study into designing high density orchard trellises has some useful messages and handy online tool for Australian growers. A new online tool which can reduce the risk of trellis failure under high load by customising orchard systems to meet the demands of local conditions is the key output of a recent Washington [...]