Post-harvest diseases and disorders

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 [...]

DCA offers benefits beyond the cold storage room

Cool storage technology for both apples and pears has advanced rapidly in Australia since 2014, particularly in Victoria, providing new opportunities for growers. HarvestWatch™ technology for use in Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere (DCA) storage was developed in Canada in 2001. It has been in use internationally for nearly two decades and was first introduced to Australia [...]

Project aims to broaden superficial scald prevention toolkit

The project aims to improve awareness of existing options for the prevention of the post harvest disorder superficial scald in apples. Broadening industry options for the prevention of the storage disorder superficial scald in apples and pears is the focus of a new project funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear [...]

What do packouts tell us about management?

The essential ingredient for increasing low consumer apple consumption in Australia is delivering a high-quality apple. As part of the Hort Innovation-funded Future Orchards® program, AgFirst’s John Wilton helps us to understand the myriad factors – from variety choice and maturity at harvest to storage technique – that affect fruit quality, and explains how growers [...]

Cripps Pink and Rosy Glow behave differently in storage

Currently, the two varieties Cripps Pink and Rosy Glow that produce Pink Lady® branded apples, are managed the same in storage by industry. However, we have found differences in their storage behaviour that could warrant either separation of the two during storage or an additional 1-MCP treatment being applied to Rosy Glow during storage. Cripps Pink and Rosy [...]

Post-harvest management for quality

  Harvest is a busy time and with fruit flowing in, weather and prices changing daily and the need to make decisions quickly, it pays to have some background information to help assess the ramifications of those decisions fresh in mind. A considerable amount of levy payer money goes into researching the impact of various [...]

Exporters to EU advised iprodione approval to end in 2018

Australian growers exporting to the European Union are being advised to immediately cease using products containing the active constituent iprodione following an EU decision to withdraw approval for the substance from next year. EU members states have been given until June 2018 to withdraw authorisation for iprodione use, following the EU decision on 14 November 2017 [...]

By |December 19th, 2017|Chemical use, Exporting, Post-harvest diseases and disorders|

Post-Harvest Seminar – quality starts before harvest

To kick start the 2017 year, APAL held its annual Post-Harvest Seminar in Adelaide, South Australia, in January, attended by over 80 people in the industry.  Many topics were covered aimed at improving the way we grow, handle and store apple and pears pre-harvest in order to ensure quality going into cold storage. Post-harvest quality [...]

Managing the Flesh Browning Disorder of Cripps Pink Apples

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By |April 12th, 2013|Post-harvest diseases and disorders|