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2021 Autumn Future Orchards® Walk – Stanthorpe

Future Orchards®

Is Covid-19 reshaping our orchards and industry?

In coming years, we may reflect on 2020 as the year we saw a step-change in how our industry attracts and retains permanent and seasonal labour.

So what could a more resilient and reliable labour supply look like, how will our orchard design and operations need to change, and how will this flow through to immediate and longer-term business investments and profitability?

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow from AgFirst will join our Autumn Future Orchards® walks online from New Zealand to explore some actions that you can take to reshape your labour needs and your orchard to

  • get the job done on time and well
  • reduce the costs of labour per kg of fruit
  • ensure orchards are workable by a broader demographic of staff, and
  • make orchards an employer of choice

Local updates 

Steven Tancred will discuss outcomes from the 2020-21 field trials of Brevis applied to managed varieties including Kalei® and Envy™.

Mark Heyward from Phytech will talk about about their irrigation decision support tool can improve irrigation and fruit quality.

Local Orchard Walk – Nicoletti Orchard

Host Daniel Nicoletti and Stephen Tancred will discuss will discuss the performance of their different apple varieties.

Program outline

8:30 am Arrival

9 am Streamed presentation plus live Q&A session

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow, AgFirst

How is Covid-19 reshaping our orchards?

Stephen Tancred – Trial Update

Mark Heyward from Phytech

Pozieres Coldstores
10:15 am In-orchard demonstration

Stephen Tancred and Daniel Nicoletti

Nicoletti orchard
12 pm Concludes – lunch provided


Registration is essential to ensure compliance with COVID safety regulations.

By registering in advance you will receive a reminder the day before and an hour before the event commences.

Further  Information

APAL Stanthorpe Front Line Adviser – Stephen Tancred on 0407 762 888 or via email [email protected] 

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.