Date announced for November Future Orchards virtual walkResearch & Extension
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
- 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.