Dry conditions impact Victoria’s apple and pear crops

Written by Amelia Pepe. This article originally appeared on The Weekly Times on 19/6/2019. Volumes down: Fruit Growers Victoria grower services manager Michael Crisera said the remainder of this year’s apple and pear season has seen little respite from the dry conditions facing growers across Victoria. Pear and apple volumes in Victoria have [...]

SPC sold for $40 million

Coca-Cola Amatil is selling its Victorian-based Shepparton Preserving Company (SPC) fruit and vegetable processing business to the Shepparton Partners Collective for $40 million. Shepparton Partners Collective, a joint venture between Perma Funds Management and The Eights, said it would focus on reducing the complexity at SPC and product innovation. SPC employs 500 permanent staff and a [...]

By |June 5th, 2019|Exporting, Labour / employment, News, Victoria|

Victoria state report – Autumn 2019

Heat has been a huge factor over the last few months in all crops, with Gala apples the worst affected. Victoria experienced two heat waves in late December and mid-January – with January the hottest on Victorian records. Two-spotted mite levels throughout orchards have been the highest seen in the last five years. Many growers [...]

By |May 3rd, 2019|Victoria|

Labour Hire Scheme begins in Victoria

  Victoria's first Labour Hire Licensing Scheme begins this week. Labour hire providers have six months (until 30 October) to obtain or apply for a licence, or else face penalties. The Andrews Labor Government has held more than 30 information sessions since March to help providers understand their obligations, and a further public information campaign to [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Labour / employment, News, Victoria|

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|