WA state report – Oct/Nov 2018

After a very dry and warm autumn, the winter season has delivered very wet and cold days, with some rainfall most days in July. It started out to be a low chill accumulating year but we’ve almost got to our averages by mid-August, which should be a good outcome for spring. Indications are that the [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|WA|

Pink Lady and Bravo apples among the healthiest

Eating apples is good for you, ongoing research carried out by The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Edith Cowan University (ECU) has reaffirmed. The science behind how apples assist human health by improving cardiovascular health was presented at today’s Western Australian Horticulture Update by UWA senior research fellow Michael Considine and adjunct research fellow [...]

By |August 29th, 2018|Hort Innovation, News, WA|

WA state report – Aug/Sep 2018

Harvest for 2018 is well and truly done, and growers are hoping for better results in the retail market this year. We have been fortunate this year with no eventful weather conditions affecting crop yields. We are only too aware of our counterparts’ devastating experiences in other states of extreme heat, hail and storms. In [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|WA|

WA state report – Jun/Jul 2018

Harvest is nearly finished and most growers are hoping for better results in the retail market this year fueled by the excitement and quality of this season’s fruit being available. So far it has been a good start with kind weather conditions for growing good-quality fruit and it looks like the conclusion of the season will mirror [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|WA|

WA state report – Apr/May 2018

A market with a glut of fruit and varying grades of quality forcing prices down is the challenge this season. Returns at retail are just not covering production costs for most growers in most growing areas. Developing exports, discovering new markets and increasing consumer demand remain the answer and the opportunity. Pomewest is committed to [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|WA|

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|APFIP, Grafting, Varieties and rootstock, WA|

WA state report – Feb/Mar 2018

Firstly, the Pomewest committee and WA pome growers pass on their sympathies for our colleagues in the east who have endured significant losses to their crops due to hail damage late last year. This type of news is a terrible blow and not good for the national industry as a whole. Growing fresh produce is [...]

By |February 12th, 2018|WA|

WA family legacy of quality apple production

The Fontaninis are combining the old and new, by continuing a family legacy of growing fruit, while embracing innovation. Husband and wife team Trevor and Carmel Fontanini are gradually stepping back and handing the reins of running their 128-hectare property to their children Lucy and Joe. The siblings are now fourth-generation orchardists at the lush, [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|Profile, WA|

WA state report – Dec 2017/Jan 2018

There were flowers all around as this report was being written, and that means the next season of apples has begun. The WA industry is looking forward to higher volumes of quality apples and capitalising on export opportunities in 2018. Bravo™ branded apples continue to be the talk of the town, with weekly shipments into [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|WA|

Bravo branded apples head to Singapore

Western Australia has celebrated the first export shipment of WA-bred Bravo™ branded apples to Singapore. Apple breeder Steele Jacob from the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional  Development (lt) and WA Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan (rt) farewell a shipment of Bravo™ apples on its way to Singapore (Photo: Peter Maloney, WA DPIRD). [...]

By |October 1st, 2017|Exporting, News, WA|