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2021 Autumn Future Orchards® Walk – WA

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.

Dr Dario Stefanelli, Senior Research Scientist, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in Manjimup, will provide an update on the future of apple research and development in WA, and discuss outcomes from his research on the PIPS 2 Biennial bearing project.

In orchard presentation

Susie Murphy-White and Steele Jacob from the DPIRD Apple Breeding Program will discuss the new early varieties in the DPIRD Manjimup Apple breeding stage 2 block where you will have an opportunity to see and taste the fruit.

Program outline

1:30 pm Arrival

2 pm Streamed presentation plus live Q&A session

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow, AgFirst

How is Covid-19 reshaping our orchards?

Presentation by Dr Dario Stefanelli, DPIRD Manjimup

·        Future of apple research

·        Outcomes of PIP2 Biennial bearing project

DPIRD Manjimup

4 pm In-orchard demonstration

Susie Murphy White with Steele Jacob

DPIRD Manjimup

Apple breeding stage 2 block

5 pm Concludes – light refreshments will be 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 WA Front Line Adviser – Susie Murphy-White on 0429 413 420 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.