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|

Tasmania state report – Apr/May 2018

Mid-January saw news arrive for Tasmanian apple growers that they thought they’d never hear: outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly. Tasmanian apple growers Shane Weeks (left) and Brett Squibb (right) are following new protocols to transport their fruit outside the state. Detections occurred on Flinders Island in Bass Strait, then at Spreyton, Sassafras and [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Labour / employment, Tasmania|

Fruit fly challenges for the island state

Mid-January saw news arrive for Tasmanian apple growers that they thought they’d never hear – outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly. Tasmanian apple growers Shane Weeks (lt) and Brett Squibb (rt) are following new protocols to transport their fruit outside the State. From initial reports of detections on Flinders Island in Bass Strait to [...]

By |March 1st, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds, Tasmania|

Make a smart crop load management choice

In a commercial orchard in Tasmania a mix of different thinning and crop load management techniques have been put to the test, shedding light on which ones are the most cost- and time-effective to implement, and what impact they have on fruit quality and yield. A trial conducted in this Gala orchard in Tasmania [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|PIPS, Pruning and training, Tasmania, Vigour, crop load and thinning|

Tasmanian trade continues despite fruit fly detection

Despite fruit fly detections in Tasmania, fruit grown outside of the fruit fly control area can continue to be exported with guidelines now in place for buying and selling fruit across mainland Tasmania for the next three months.  Tasmanian fruit outside of the fruit fly control area can continue to be shipped and exported. [...]

By |January 31st, 2018|Biosecurity, Tasmania|

Future Orchards trial report: Managing crop load, young Envy

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Managing crop load on young Envy plantings. Region: Tasmania Contact: Sophie Folder (Pear consulting), Nigel Bartels (Serve-Ag) and Ryan Hankin (Hansen Orchards)  

Future Orchards trial report: Max growth in pedestrian orchards

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Maximising growth in young pedestrian orchards. Region: Tasmania Contact: Sophie Folder (Pear consulting)  and Justin Miller (Millers Orchards)