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November 2022 Future Orchards® Spring Series – Southern Victoria

Future Orchards®

Join us in orchard in Southern Victoria with international guest, Jorika Cronje, Horticulturalist and Soil Scientist from South Africa.

When: Friday 18 November 2022 at 9.30am

Location: Presentation at the Nilma North & Lillico Memorial Hall, 488 Bloomfield Road, Nilma North VIC 3821, followed by the Orchard Walk at Armour’s Apples – Nilma Orchard, 124 Nilma-Bona Vista Road, Nilma VIC 3821

About the event

Do you have a harvest target? What’s your plan to achieve it?

Join us at APAL’s Future Orchards® Spring Orchard Walks from 14–18 November to find out what you can do now to get the most out of your trees for harvest.

The Spring Orchard Walk taking place in Southern Victoria on Friday 18 November will feature presentations from Jorika Cronje, Horticulturalist and Soil Scientist from South Africa, and Nic Finger from Fruit Help/AgFirst.

Jorika Cronje, Horticulturalist and Soil Scientist from South Africa will share the latest research outcomes and international practices in crop nutrition and attaining optimum fruit quality.

Nic Finger, director of Fruit Help and a member of the AgFirst team for Future Orchards, will lead discussions around how to use your block data to optimise returns at harvest. This includes how to identify, set and achieve crop targets, management actions to put in place, how to measure if you are on track and options if you are not on track.

What you will learn and discuss

  • Optimising crop nutrition – based on updates from international research
  • Identifying and setting crop targets (e.g. driving fruit size, high colour)
  • Specific management actions to achieve targets (e.g. hand thinning priorities, budgeting for harvest labour).

Please note: Presentations will commence at 9.30am at the Nilma North & Lillico Memorial Hall. The Orchard Walk will follow at Armour’s Apples – Nilma Orchard and will include a light lunch. Attendees are invited to make their own way to Nilma North & Lillico Memorial Hall and Armour’s Apples – Nilma Orchard for the Orchard Walk.

About Jorika Cronje

Jorika grew up on a fruit farm in Montagu in the Western Cape, South Africa. She studied Horticulture and Soil Science at the University of Stellenbosch and has a Master Degree in Horticulture. For the last 15+ years, Jorika has worked as a consultant assisting growers with soil preparation and amelioration and fertiliser and nutrition programs.

About Nic Finger

Nic Finger is a director of Fruit Help, a horticultural consultancy group based in Victoria, Australia, and a member of the AgFirst team for Future Orchards. Nic grew up on his family’s apple orchard in Victoria’s Yarra Valley region. After a couple of university degrees, extensive travel (if looking at orchards counts!) and a few years based in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, Nic spends most of his time between apple and pear orchards in the Goulburn Valley and Yarra Valley.

Nic’s technical orchard consultancy is predominantly based ‘on the numbers’ reflecting his studies and data-driven approach to most tasks. In addition to grower decision support, Nic also assists growers with orchard development planning and runs a suite of on-farm research projects each year trialling new techniques and technology.

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