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Date announced for November Future Orchards virtual walk

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Preparing for a profitable harvest in a pandemic

The Australian pome fruit harvest will begin in the next three months.

  • Have you identified your block targets and how you will achieve them?
  • How are you preparing your crop load and fruit quality to maximise profitability?
  • Can you complete your harvest if there is a local COVID-19 outbreak?

Our November Future Orchards® virtual walk will explore actions you can implement today to prepare your orchard for the coming harvest as well as share real-life experiences from other local horticulture industries.

Now is more important than ever to focus on getting things done right for your situation.

In this session you will hear from:

Nic Finger and Jonathan Brooks from AgFirst who will discuss summer orchard preparation including:

  • How to get the greatest efficiency out of your orchard and your labour team
  • Using good planning, monitoring, tools and techniques for:
    • Prioritising and achieving block targets
    • Colour and quality management
    • Fruit size optimisation
    • Crop load and vigour management
    • Assess the different options available to make the right decisions – what would you do and when under different scenarios?

A panel of Australian horticulture representatives who are in the middle of a COVID-19 harvest right now will share lessons learnt and what to consider if a COVID-19 outbreak affects your orchard. The discussion will be facilitated by Justin Smith, Industry Services Manager, APAL. The panel members include:

  •  Ashley Napolitano, General Manager, Sunland Fresh Fruit,  and Director, Fruit Growers Victoria
  • Rachel Mackenzie, Executive Director, Berries Australia

Walk details

  • Date: Tuesday 24 November 2020
  • Time: 3.00 – 4.30pm (AEDT)
  • Location: delivered online
  • Registration: Click here to hear what you need to consider and how to plan for the unexpected

Future Orchards® is an APAL project, delivered in partnership with AgFirst and funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear levy with matched funds from the Australian Government.



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