Humble pear gets a makeover

This article was originally published on Country News on 27/2/2019. Sweet surprise... Ardmona grower Rocky Varapodio will harvest a new pear variety in 2020. Rocky Varapodio has a plan to bring the humble pear into the 21st century. The third-generation Ardmona grower and packer says without modern varieties in this fruit category, pears will [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Pears, Varieties and rootstock, Victoria|

Southern Victoria Future Orchards® walk postponed

Notice to growers regarding Future Orchards® walk tomorrow   Over the weekend, you will have seen reports in the media regarding bushfires in the Bunyip State Park area, not far from our planned Future Orchards® walk venue tomorrow. Thankfully, our host Brad Fankhauser has confirmed that he and the property are safe and secure. However, [...]

By |March 4th, 2019|Future Orchards, News, Victoria|

E.E. Muir & Sons honoured for environmental stewardship

An ongoing commitment to the land and securing the sustainability of Australian agriculture has led E.E. Muir & Sons to be named the Asia Pacific Regional Winner of the 2018 Corteva Environmental Respect Awards. This article was originally published in AUSVEG magazine Vegetables Australia, who spoke to Managing Director Ian Muir about the prestigious accolade and [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Victoria|

Victoria state report – Dec 2018/Jan 2019

Fruit Growers Victoria Grower Services Manager, Michael Crisera, and Chairman Mitch McNab attended a media training session at the APAL offices recently and gained some much-needed tips on how best to deal with media enquiries and interviews. It was also an opportunity for all the state associations to get together with APAL and report on [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Victoria|

Eyeing the future of robotics

Robotics and automation will play a key role in fifth-generation fruit grower Mitchell McNab’s plans to drive efficiencies and quality in his Goulburn Valley family orchard. Using remote sensors established across the orchard, Mitchell measures soil moisture to help manage water requirements. For more than a century H.V. McNab & Son Pty Ltd [...]

Victoria state report – Oct/Nov 2018

The inaugural conference of Fruit Growers Victoria Ltd (FGVL) has been deemed a success by all who attended. Held 16–17 August, 2018, at the Eastbank centre in Shepparton and at Turnbull Bros Orchards in Ardmona, the conference attracted more than 200 delegates. FGVL is now conducting a survey of delegates and sponsors for feedback and [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|Victoria|

Growth in diversification – value-added products

Exhibiting their value-added products at the Variety Showcase at Hort Connections 2018 was the Mock family with their freeze-dried fruits marketed under their Totally Pure Fruits® brand.  The Mock Family produces freeze-dried fruit under their brand Totally Pure Fruits®. The Mock family has been growing fruit at their picturesque Red Hill orchard in Victoria [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Value added products, Victoria|

Victoria state report -Aug/Sep 2018

FGVL’s inaugural conference preparations are in full swing. Attendance was high at Victoria's winter Future Orchards® walks. FGVL is really pleased with the support from local and national sponsors. The key now is to get as many grower delegates as possible to attend from not just interstate but also locally. Registration and the [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|Victoria|

Victoria state report – Jun/Jul 2018

Fruit Growers Victoria Ltd (FGVL) is excited to announce it will hold an inaugural conference for apple, pear and stonefruit growers. The conference will be held on 16–17 August 2018 at the Eastbank centre in Shepparton. Day one of the conference will include guest speakers covering topics such as integrated pest management, Queensland fruit fly [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|Victoria|

Victoria state report – Apr/May 2018

In the Goulburn Valley, with the pear harvest nearly complete, most growers have commented on the excellent quality that’s coming off the trees. Volumes of pears are up by 10–20 per cent in Williams and Packhams and 20–30 per cent in Corella and Buerré Bosc. New-season Royal Gala apples from Victoria. Apples across [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Victoria|