Tools and calculators

Opportunity to trial online WHS system

Australian apple and pear growing businesses have the opportunity to participate in a free trial of an online workplace health and safety (WHS) management system. APAL is working with South Australian-based Safe Ag Systems to provide an opportunity for eight businesses, of varying size and location, to participate in a three-month free trial of the software. [...]

Effects of crop load on apple fruit maturity

Fruit maturity at harvest plays a key role in quality. Dario Stefanelli, of Agriculture Victoria, outlines the results of trials into the effect of crop load on fruit maturity which form part of an international collaborative project to better understand biennial bearing. Apples are among the most important commercial fruit crops grown worldwide. Meeting market [...]

Woolworths back supply chain revolution

Woolworths is launching a bold plan to stop food waste and reshape the supply chain with the use of technology. Partnering with independent start-up Escavox, the primary goal is to extend the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables in all retail outlets by tracking and monitoring the produce from the farm gate to the supermarket. [...]

Single Touch Payroll includes smaller businesses from July

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a new way of reporting tax and super information to the ATO. The requirement first came into effect 1 July 2018 for employers with over 20 employees, and now parliament has passed legislation to extend STP to all employers starting 1 July 2019. This will be a gradual start, and not all employers will [...]

By |April 16th, 2019|Labour / employment, News, 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 [...]