Strengthening food safety through data and risk assessment

  In consultation with APAL, microbiologist Elizabeth Frankish has put together a short survey about current packhouse practices to inform her research and work developing a microbial risk-assessment model for the apple and pear industry. The survey will help identify which forms of specific control are most effective, and is part of a broader characterisation of [...]

Call for APAL Director nominations

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd is seeking nominations from A Class members who live in Tasmania or Queensland, and/or grow pears and are interested in filling three Director vacancies on the Board of APAL representing the states of Tasmania, Queensland, and Pears respectively. APAL Directors hold office for three years, after which time the position falls [...]

By |July 16th, 2019|APAL, News, Pears, Queensland, Tasmania|

Water shortage a unifying issue

From left: Stuart Burgess (Tas), Susie Green (SA), Robert Hardie (NSW), Mitchell McNab (Vic), and Nardia Stacy (WA). Supporting growers to manage orchards in the face of looming water shortages was top of the agenda when apple and pear industry leaders met in Melbourne this week. State Association representatives from across the country [...]

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|