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Future Orchards® Spring Orchard Walks – setting and achieving your harvest targets

Industry Best Practice

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 Orchard Walks will feature presentations by international guests, plus AgFirst and Fruit Help.

Lee Kalcsits, Tree Fruit Physiologist, Washington State University and Jorika Cronje, Horticulturalist and Soil Scientist, South Africa will share the latest research outcomes and international practices in crop nutrition and attaining optimum fruit quality.

Jonathan Brookes, AgFirst and Nic Finger, Fruit Help will lead discussions 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).

Orchard walk locations

This year’s spring orchard walks will take place concurrently on the following dates:

DateNorthern LoopSouthern Loop
14 NovemberStanthorpeWestern Australia
15 NovemberOrangeSouth Australia
16 NovemberBatlow
17 NovemberGoulburn ValleyTasmania
18 NovemberSouthern Victoria


Registration for each orchard walk will open shortly.

Find out more about the presenters in upcoming issues of Industry Juice.

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