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APAL Pear Masterclass 2021

Industry events & webinars

APAL’s Pear Masterclass returns in 2021 with weekly online sessions beginning Wednesday 6 October 2021.

Register now for these free virtual events.

Session 1 – Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – Wed, 6 October

IPM combines the use of a range of approaches, including biological, cultural and selected chemicals, to manage insect pests in the orchard.

Hear from Entomologist and IPM specialist from Bugs for Bugs, Angelica Cameron, about how IPM can be applied successfully in Pear Orchards, including:

  • how to harness natural enemies of common pests
  • how to monitor for pests and beneficials
  • the role of chemical pesticides in IPM
  • planning for the season ahead

The webinar includes a Q&A session with Brent Reeve, Jeftomson General Orchard Manager and Jason Shields, Orchard Manager, Plunkett Orchards.

Session 2: International Pear-spectives from South Africa – Wed, 13 October

In this webinar, led by the specialists at TopFruit in South Africa, you will learn more about the differences between the top varieties grown in South Africa including Forelle (Corella in Australia), Abate Fetel and Packham’s Triumph, including:

  • Setting harvest targets
  • Tree structures
  • Pruning and managing fruiting wood
  • Light management

Join us on a virtual walk through South African pear orchards.

Session 3: Market Export Outlook for Pears – Wed, 20 October

APAL’s Jenny Van de Meeberg (Head of Trade) and Justin Smith (Industry Services and Export Manager) will lead a discussion of current and emerging export opportunities for Australian pear growers.

During a live presentation, Jenny and Justin will provide Australian pear growers with new research and market analysis on the current state of export opportunities and profitability – and the impact of COVID-19 on markets and trade.

This will be followed by a Q&A discussion.