Future Orchards – 2016 Pear Production Masterclass

The Pear Production Masterclass has been rescheduled for Friday, 29 July.

In a new initiative, APAL’s Future Orchards® program is running a Pear Production Masterclass and focused pear orchard walk in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria, Friday 29 July.  Pear Production Masterclass

In typical Future Orchards style, the day will focus on key pruning techniques that deliver higher yields and improved pack out quality. Orchard demonstrations will be done in both low and high density plantings showing ways to improve consistency of quality and storability of product.

Anton Jongerius from Fruitconsult in the Netherlands, and local horticultural consultant Marcel Veens will both join the Pear Production Masterclass.

Anton is an international apple and pear consultant addressing areas of orchard management, training systems, rootstocks and variety evaluation as well as many other tree physiology and fruit topics. He will specifically discuss modern European pear orchard systems.

Marcel is a horticultural consultant covering all of the major apple and pear regions around Australia. He has a first-hand account of what he sees as the current status and limitations of pear production in Australia and will set the blueprint for the pear orchard of the future.

The Pear Production Masterclass will commence with two main presentations and discussion followed by morning tea and then set out to Matthew Lenne’s Calimna Orchard for lunch.

Goulburn Valley is the primary pear-growing region of Australia producing around 90 per cent of the nation’s crops – but growers from other pear-growing states are also invited to attend.

Date and location

Date: 29 July 2016
Time: 9:00am (please arrive by 8:50am to register) Finish at 12:30pm, followed by lunch
Location: Horticultural Centre of Excellence (DPI), Ferguson Rd, Tatura Followed by an orchard walk at Matthew Lenne’’s Calimna Orchard, Minchin Road, Ardmona.


RSVP by Wednesday, 27 July to Nikki K Wood, APAL on ea@apal.org.au or (03) 9329 3511 For further information on the Pear Production Masterclass contact Angus Crawford, APAL Technical Manager on acrawford@apal.org.au or 0427 111 852.


APAL’s Future Orchards® program is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd using the apple and pear industry levy funds from growers and funds from the Australian Government. AgFirst is a key Future Orchards partner.

By |July 6th, 2016|Future Orchards, News|

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APAL is an industry representative body and not-for-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.