2021 Autumn Future Orchards® Walk – Tasmania
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
APAL FLA Sophie Folder will provide update on
- apple replant decline rootstock trial,
- Smitten hand thinning trial, and
- last season’s Gala eating experience trial
Local Orchard walk – R&R Smith’s Grove Orchard
Join APAL board director and Orchard Manager Scott Price at R&R Smith’s Grove Orchard to discuss
- their new harvest platforms and how they are adapting their workforce and orchard for platform use this harvest, and
- orchard floor management practices used in organic orchards.
Ryan Hankin and Nigel Bartels will share their experiences and practical tips for using platforms.
|2:15 pm||Streamed presentation plus live Q&A session
Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow, AgFirst
How is Covid-19 reshaping our orchards?
R&R Smith, Grove Orchard
|3:3o pm||In-orchard demonstration
Scott Price, Orchard Manager R&R Smith, Grove Orchard
Ryan Hankin and Nigel Bartels
|5 pm||Concludes – light refreshments 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.
For further information
APAL Tasmania Front Line Adviser – Sophie Folder on 0439 247 172 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Future Orchards® is an APAL project funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear levy with matched funds from the Australian Government.