Spring Future Orchards® Walk – Southern Victoria

Future Orchards®

Have you started to plan for how you will manage your labour supply and orchard activities to maintain productivity and profit margins under the current pandemic conditions?

Join us at the spring orchard walks where we will identify what you need to consider when preparing your orchard and workforce for the upcoming season during a global pandemic.

Using the Australian Model Orchard as a case study, Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow from AgFirst will create a decision tree of management options available under a range of labour supply situations. Taking into consideration:

  • Timing of tasks to reduce the big peaks in orchard operations
  • Modifying thinning strategies
  • Vigour management
  • Re-allocating marginal blocks
  • Investing in technologies
  • Removing uneconomic blocks now rather than waiting
  • Thinking ahead for harvest: what additional resources may be required?

How the walk will run

Due to COVID restrictions your orchard walk will be delivered online via zoom. You will hear from

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow from AgFirst who will identify what can be done in the orchard where there is a shortage of workers and how to make the most of workforce that is available.

Jeremy Griffith, Head of Government Relations at APAL, who will provide you with a quick update on the current situation in Australia.

A panel of Australian growers who will discuss how they are addressing the labour issue.  The discussion will be facilitated by Justin Smith, Industry Services Manager for APAL. The panel members include include:

  • Nicole Giblett from Newton Brothers Orchards in Manjimup
  • Joe Ceravolo from Ceravolo Orchards in Adelaide Hills
  • Thom Phillips from Armours Apples in Gippsland
  • Matthew Griggs from Lucaston Park Orchards in the Huon Valley

Frontline Advisers from Western Australia and Southern Victoria who have prepared short videos to replace your in-orchard presentation.

Registration is essential

Make sure to book yourself in early. You we will be sent a reminder the day before and an hour before your session.

If you are unable to attend the live session, we will be recording the online presentations and making it available a few days later.

For further information

APAL Southern VIC Front Line Adviser – Camilla Humphries on 0419 107 245 or via email chumphries@eemuir.com.au

Proudly supported by  

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