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APAL Short Course in Fruit Production

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APAL’s 5-day, intensive Short Course in Fruit Production aims to equip current and emerging fruit growers and orchard managers with a technical skillset covering a range of topics. With a scientific basis, the content presented in this course is intended to give participants an understanding of the underlying processes in the orchard to enable them to improve their on-farm capability around decision-making and orchard design, and their horticultural understanding.

Target audience

This course is aimed at current and emerging leaders in the Australian apple and pear industry. In this first year, consideration will be given to the inclusion of older participants on a case-by-case basis.

Dates and location

The course will be delivered from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August 2024 in the Goulburn Valley at Agriculture Victoria’s Tatura SmartFarm precinct.

Topic overview

The 5-day course will cover a range of topics affecting apple and pear production, delivered by both Australian and international experts.

Topics will include:

  • economics of fruit growing
  • growth, flowering, fruit set and crop management
  • soil and ground preparation
  • irrigation and nutrition
  • pest and disease management
  • growth regulator usage, including chemical thinning
  • pre- and post-harvest fruit management to maximise quality

It is intended that this Short Course in Fruit Production will be offered every second year, with a soft skills leadership course run in the alternate year. The 2025 leadership course will engage in staff management, effective communication, understanding of self and others, leadership and negotiation.

What is provided:

  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided each day
  • Group dinner on the Thursday evening
  • Field trip on the final day visiting a range of orchards
  • Assistance with transfers from Melbourne airport to Shepparton and to the venue each day can be provided for interstate travellers
  • Some travel bursaries may become available and be awarded via an application process

Paticipants are responsible for organising their own travel, accommodation and other meals during the week.

For further information on the course, including expressions of interest or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nic Finger: [email protected]


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