Spring Future Orchards® Walk – Tasmania

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

Your orchard walk will start with a in-orchard demonstration at Hansen Orchards, which will be followed by a streamed presentation and lunch with tasting panel of the Gala eating quality trial, at Home Hill Winery.

While you are walking around Hansen Orchards, Sophie Folder your Frontline Adviser will talk you through her findings on the stem clipping study.

What you will hear on the streamed presentation

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow from AgFirst 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, 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

Due to COVID restrictions 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. However please note timings on the confirmation is for the online presentation.

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 Tasmania Front Line Adviser – Sophie Folder on 0439 247 172 or via email sophiefolder@internode.on.net

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. 

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