South Australia

APGASA granted $400,000 to help curb energy costs

More than 20 South Australian apple, pear, and cherry growers are set to benefit from a $400,000 grant from the state government for new infrastructure aimed at reducing on-farm energy costs. The funds have been granted to the Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia (APGASA) as part of a $1 million state project [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|News, South Australia|

Exciting times for an expanding South Australian orchard

  This article was originally published on Freshplaza.com. Magarey Orchard is celebrating its 110th anniversary and has been growing pears for over a century.   Magarey Orchard is expanding its plum production, with extra plantings set to increase its volumes within the next five years. Cousins Judy and Eljsa Magarey are fifth generation farmers, and [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Growing, Pears, South Australia|

SA state report – Dec 2018/Jan 2019

Heartbreakingly, just as the spring was looking more hopeful for growers after last year’s devastating hailstorm, the hail storms of 21 November have left them facing another hard year of extra management to salvage crops, reduced yields and income. While the full impact of the storm will only become clear in coming weeks as fruit [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|South Australia|

SA state report – Oct/Nov 2018

The start of spring in South Australia is heralded with the Royal Adelaide Show, which is also our largest promotional activity for the year. Once again, a very big team effort has gone into putting together a spectacular showcase of our produce. We have a competitive fruit section, but with last year’s hailstorm, we were down [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|South Australia|

SA state report – Aug/Sep 2018

In the previous issue I commented on the long, warm and dry autumn period. Fortunately, since then we have gone into more of a winter pattern, with the cold weather arriving and very frosty mornings and cold days bringing on some good winter chill. Some promising opening rains greeted us in early June; however, we [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|South Australia|

South Australia state report – Jun/Jul 2018

With harvest nearly done at the time of writing, we have just been through what seems to have been an endless summer, with warmer than usual conditions and a very long, dry spell. The leaves are hanging onto the trees and the mild conditions look set to continue. The dry conditions have seen pressures from [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|South Australia|

South Australia state report – Apr/May 2018

With harvest now under way, growers are seeing the real impact of the hailstorms that struck last October. As was expected, earlier varieties seem to have been less affected than many of the later varieties, and we will see over the coming weeks the impacts on final packouts. We are working with Hort Innovation, with [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|South Australia|

Hailstorm Heroes campaign launches in South Australia

South Australians are being urged to support local growers by overlooking small hail marks and enjoying apples and pears with a few spots and dots as part of the Hailstorm Heroes campaign launched this week. In October 2017, a severe hailstorm hit the Adelaide Hills and South East when the pears and apples were in [...]

South Australia wins planning exemption for orchard netting

South Australian growers will no longer be required to seek local council planning consent for orchard netting after the State Government agreed to grant an exemption from planning requirements. Apple & Pear Growers Association of SA (APGASA) put a submission into the Simplify Regulation Unit of the South Australian Government last year calling for horticultural [...]

By |March 7th, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn, News, South Australia|

SA state report – Dec 2017/Jan 2018

After a difficult growing season last year, this year was shaping up to be a good season in SA, with strong blossom and good fruit set. However, nature once again threw a fairly big curve-ball our way, with a strong southerly cold system blowing through in the early hours of 30 October, bringing with it [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|South Australia|