Varieties and rootstock

APFIP farewells Mark Hankin

Longstanding Australian Pome Fruit Improvement Program (APFIP) operations manager Mark Hankin stepped down in October after over a decade running the program. Organising the Variety Showcase events at the annual industry conference Hort Connections was just one of the many ways outgoing Operations Manager Mark Hankin drove access to better varieties in his time [...]

By |October 30th, 2018|APFIP, Varieties and rootstock|

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|

Planting systems for blush pears

Agriculture Victoria shares the results of their experiment within the Profitable Pears project to help identify the best rootstock, planting density and training system for blush pears.   Replanting or establishing new orchard blocks is a costly exercise. Decisions regarding cultivar, rootstock, training system and planting density have implications for not just potential profits but also [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Orchard design and density, Pears, PIPS, Varieties and rootstock|

Quality nursery stock: the foundation of a good orchard

The team at Olea Nurseries strives to deliver quality trees and is constantly looking to source new rootstocks and varieties for both commercial growers and the retail sector. All the apple trees at Olea Nursery are grown on rootstock they have propagated themselves. Luigi and Angelina Bazzani established the nursery in 1966. Their [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Grafting, Varieties and rootstock, WA|

Be Smitten® by Montague’s new apple

Picking of Montague’s newest apple brand - the early-season Smitten® - kicks off this week, aptly coinciding with Valentine’s Day. The bi-coloured, crisp and full flavoured apple is available this week in selected Queensland Coles stores and will be available on Victorian and New South Wales Coles shelves from next week. Brad and Glynn [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|News, Varieties and rootstock|

Rootstock choices offer powerful productivity tool

Strategic rootstock selection has a key role to play in driving the productivity of the future orchard system, growers at the well-attended spring Future Orchards® walks late last year were told. Rootstocks, once established, will underpin the orchard for decades.  While it is critical to continue selecting rootstocks based on productivity traits, there will be [...]

By |January 10th, 2018|Future Orchards, News, Varieties and rootstock|

Plans to boost adoption of certified trees

A new project aims to capitalise on the known production benefits of planting apple and pear trees certified under the Australian Pome Fruit Improvement Program (APFIP) by identifying ways to increase their adoption and investigating a more self-sustaining certification system. The new APFIP project aims to capitalise on the known production benefits of planting [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|APFIP, Pests, diseases and weeds, Varieties and rootstock|

Kanzi doubles production in 2017

Australian Kanzi Apple growers marketed 1,600,000 kg of class one Kanzi in Australia in 2017, double last year's production. Batlow Kanzi apple grower, packer and marketer Rob Cathels says despite the increased crop, fruit sales were completed nationally within the planned 12 week marketing window, from early April to early July. Growers and marketers have successfully [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Marketing, News, Varieties and rootstock|

Future Orchards walks – Spring 2017

Rootstock selection will be the theme of the  Future Orchards® spring walks planned for November 2017, continuing the theme of ‘Future Trees’. AgFirst consultant Ross Wilson and Tom Auvil of North American Plants will join the northern loop walks.  In the Southern Loop, guest speakers will be Craig Hornblow of AgFirst and Nicola Dallabetta from Fondazione [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Future Orchards, News, Varieties and rootstock|

Pros and cons of club varieties

After exploring how to choose a new variety last issue with Steve Spark, AgFirst’s John Wilton shows us the ins and outs of managed club varieties.  High colour sports are now raising colour standards: Lady in Red is on the left, standard Cripps Pink on the right. Since the Australian apple industry trade [...]

By |August 1st, 2017|Future Orchards, Varieties and rootstock|