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Future Orchards® Pear Masterclass to be delivered virtually in September

Research & Extension

APAL is pleased to announce the annual Pear Masterclass will be held virtually over three 45 minutes sessions in 2o2o, running every Wednesday from 2 to 16 September 2020.

Growers will hear from international speaker, Dirk van Hees, a tree management and fertilisation consultant with Fruitconsult. Since 2013 Dirk has been involved in the redevelopment of the experimental farm, Proeftuin Randwijk, conducting a range of field research projects and trials.

Dirk will share videos and insights of the latest developments in pears in Europe:

  • Session 1 – Comparing the commonly used planting systems in Europe, and discuss the development of rootstocks
  • Session 2 – Discussing the most interesting new varieties that have been planted at the experimental farm Proeftuin Randwijk. Highlighting the different growing experiences and the success of each variety.
  • Session 3 – Outlining three important tools to optimise fertilisation and what to do for winter fertilisation, leaf fertilisation, and fertigation.

At each session you will hear from a panel of Australian pear growers and experts who will review and provide a local perspective on the topic of discussion, including Marcel Veens, an Australian based tree fruit production advisor who supports growers with sound practical advice on all aspects of orchard management, Dr Lexie McClymont from Agriculture Victoria who conducts research on the effects of rootstock, tree density and training system on crop load, and Andrew Maughan from Freshmax Australia, who maintains a position of leadership in assessing and adopting new varieties in Australia and New Zealand.

Pear Masterclass Agenda:

  • Session 1 – Developments in European planting systems & rootstocks (Wednesday 2 September, 4 – 4.45pm)
  • Session 2 – Experiences with new pear varieties (Wednesday 9 September, 4 – 4.45pm)
  • Session 3 – Fertilisation in pears (Wednesday 16 September, 4 – 4.45pm)

Click here to register for the first session on September 2.

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