Tools and calculators

Website shows winter chill data for your region

A new website ( is providing access to accurate local winter chill data for Australian apple and pear growers, with benefits for in-season orchard management and long-term orchard business planning. A new website helps growers to access and interpret local winter chill data to help with crop management for the current season, as well [...]

Focus Orchards block data a few mouse clicks away

As part of the Future Orchards® program, data from Focus Orchard blocks Australia-wide is now available online on a real time basis to all members of the Australian apple and pear industry. Download and print this article with guide to accessing Focus Orchard block data Any Australian IP address (so any computer hooked into the [...]

By |December 1st, 2016|Future Orchards, Tools and calculators|

South Australia develops netting cost benefit calculator

If you're not sure if you can afford netting or want some guidance, try the new netting calculator developed for South Australian growers, because maybe you can't afford not to net! The team at the Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia (APGASA) in conjunction with Natural Logic (Australia) Pty Ltd and Econsearch have developed [...]

Spraying lesson and orchard business analysis

Author: Angus Crawford Technical Manager, APAL 03 9329 3511 0427 111 852 APAL’s Future Orchards® summer walks held last year featured special guest Dr David Manktelow from freshLearn New Zealand who spoke about optimising spray application in apples and AgFirst’s Ross Wilson (Northern Loop) and Craig Hornblow (Southern Loop) presenting the Orchard [...]