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Precision Technology in Orchards – Dual Hopper Variable Rate Spreader Demo

Future Orchards®

As part of AgriFutures Australia’s Producer Technology Uptake Program, APAL is leading a project investigating the costs and benefits of variable rate spreading in the orchard building on previous work in the Goulburn Valley. Potential to improve crop quality and yield supports case for variable rate spreader

Through this new grant, a Red Ant dual product variable rate spreader will be trialled in two orchards during the 2023/24 season to demonstrate the technology which allows for two separate products to be spread variably in a single pass to address variability within blocks through targeted fertiliser placement.

In addition to demonstrating the technology, a series of measurements on the impacts of variable rate application on fruit quality and soil physical/chemical characteristics and ultimately, allow growers to make informed decisions around adoption of this type of technology within apple and pear orchards will be undertaken over the next 12 months.

This demonstration will be hosted at Plunkett Orchards, participants in the earlier technology demonstration project, with growers invited to come and discuss the project as well as the technology, required inputs for variable rate spreading and view the technology in action.

  • 12:00pm – Introduction and discuss project outline and methodology
  • 12:20pm – Demonstration of Red Ant Auger Spreader
  • 1:00pm – Lunch and open discussion (please ensure to RSVP for catering purposes)

This event is supported by funding from AgriFutures Australia.

For those participating, AgriFutures would appreciate you filling out this short survey prior to attending the demonstration day.