Hong Kong marketing pilot identifies niche opportunities

Following an open tender in 2017, Tasmanian-based Hansen Orchards was one of the successful service providers chosen to undertake the Pilot marketing activities to drive offshore demand for apples project. Hansen Orchards Marketing Manager Baden Ribbon and Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Marketing Manager Olivia Grey report on the outcomes of the project. Hansen [...]

Tasmania state report – Autumn 2019

Tasmanian apple growers have experienced a variety of extreme weather events throughout the 2018/19 production season. Despite this, crop quality is good and the outlook for harvest is excellent. A cold, wet spring caused a slow start to the season, with growers in some regions experiencing frosts in November and hailstorms in December. This was [...]

By |May 3rd, 2019|Tasmania|

Juice gives fresh control at Huon Valley

Fourth generation Huon Valley apple and pear grower Mark Duggan knew things had to change when his return for a year’s hard work didn’t even cover costs. “We had a year where we just got nothing,” he said. “We knew we had to do something. We had to look outside the square. Cider was taking [...]

By |April 17th, 2019|Profile, Tasmania, Value added products|

APAL visits new variety growers in Tasmania

From left: Gary Hopewell and Allan McWaters from the DAF with Andrew Smith of R&R Smith The yet-to-be-officially-named RS103-110 was put on display for variety partners at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) during February. Head of Group Brands Craig Chester, who is managing new apple variety projects on behalf of APAL, [...]

By |March 5th, 2019|Branding, News, Tasmania, Varieties and rootstock|

Tasmanian Bushfire update

Firefighters near Geeveston. Photo: Luke Bowden Tasmanian orchards have avoided the worst of the damage from the bushfires that have been raging through the Huon Valley and surrounds for more than a week. According to growers in the region, no orchards have yet been impacted and fruit remains unaffected, though eight homes have [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|News, Tasmania|

Tasmania state report – Dec 2018/Jan 2019

This year’s apple season is already off to a strong start in Tasmania, with warm temperatures during spring promoting good flowering and pollination rates.  Growers are now benefiting from this with ideal crop loads and a high proportion of good-sized fruit. Frost damage has been reported by several growers in Tasmania’s south and north-east.  In [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Tasmania|

Tasmania state report – Oct/Nov 2018

Biosecurity control zones preventing the movement of fruit remain in place across the state’s north but are expected to be lifted in time for summer fruit thinning. Orchard activities are now concentrating on pruning and setting up trees for the upcoming season. This was a central topic at the levy-funded Future Orchards® walk on 5 [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|Tasmania|

New varieties provide inspiration and return

The first block of trees Huon Valley fifth-generation apple grower Scott Stevenson pushed out after taking over the family orchard business last July was the same block his father Adrian first planted when he in his own turn began running the business 38 years earlier. Scott and his father Adrian on the property in [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Profile, Tasmania, Varieties and rootstock|

Tasmania state report – Aug/Sep 2018

Tasmania had a warm, dry summer that was ideal for fruit production resulting in above average fruit size and quality. The project team for the Australian apple export manual and post-harvest guide includes (from left) Dr Rajendra Adhikari, Ian Cover and Dr Sally Bound (absent: Dr Robert Nissen). Crop production is estimated to [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|Tasmania|

Tasmania sets out steps to safeguard pest-free status­­

Biosecurity experts from Government, research and industry outlined options and challenges for strengthening biosecurity to protect the state's valuable pest free area status to growers at the annual Fruit Growers Tasmania conference. Fruit coming into Tasmania will come under much greater surveillance as industry and Government work together to ensure the state’s prized pest free [...]

By |May 30th, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Tasmania|