Post-harvest quality

Simplifying quality at Nightingales

Simplicity is not the first word that springs to mind when considering the complexity of running five orchards across two states, a large packhouse and a fledgling cider operation. But at Nightingale Brothers, based in Victoria’s north east, continually striving for a way of delivering better quality more efficiently and smoothly is a goal that [...]

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 [...]

Post-harvest physiology and technology seminar 2019

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 | 8:30am-5pm | PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport Successful management of apples and pears in the specialised area of post-harvest is increasingly driven by technology. Presenters at the 2019 post-harvest seminar will share information and examples of how the progressive operators, both locally and internationally, are implementing effective practices backed by an understanding [...]

By |November 13th, 2018|PIPS, Post-harvest quality|

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 [...]

Event flush with new blush pear research

At a recent blush pear research event at the Agriculture Victoria Blush Pear field laboratory at Tatura, pear producers were provided with results from post-harvest ripening and storage experiments conducted at the AgriBio Centre for AgriBioscience, Bundoora.  Pear growers learnt about the latest research on blush pear varieties at an event in Tatura, Victoria. [...]

Post-harvest quality: slowing down the ‘ticking clock’

Nutrition, fruit maturity and climatic conditions are among the pre-harvest factors which can have an impact on the quality of apples post-harvest, according to Dr Hannah James, AgroFresh Research and Development Manager Australia/New Zealand . AgroFresh's Dr Hannah James says the process of getting an apple from the orchard through to the consumers’ hands [...]

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 [...]