Managing crop load for better fruit quality will be the focus of the Spring 2018 round of Future Orchards® walks to be held in the last two weeks of September.
These walks will continue the focus on production quality begun in June where speakers looked at how practices in the orchard and along the supply chain ultimately impact the quality of fruit delivered to the consumer.
The September walks during flowering will look at how the management of crop load can improve consistency and deliver higher quality fruit. The aim is to give growers and their managers practical orchard management guidance they can implement immediately.
Northern Loop presenters will include AgFirst horticultural consultants Jonathan Brookes, and Ross Wilson. in the role of guest presenter presenting an update from the PIPS (Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils) program.
In the Southern Loop presenters will be Craig Hornblow from AgFirst and Brad Fankhauser from Fankhauser Apples in Victoria. Brad is a progressive fourth generation fruit grower who continues to find new ways to improve production and quality through new growing techniques improved variety mixes. In recognition of his achievements he earned the APAL Grower of the Year award in 2015.
The Future Orchards program continues to deliver a strong and engaging program bringing the latest orchard management techniques to growers in a practical and accessible way. The opportunity to hear from world class presenters and see what leading growers are doing on their orchards continues to attract high grower interest, as shown by the 360-strong turnout at the winter walks, the second highest seasonal attendance figures since the program began.
New participants are welcome to enquire about any of the events by contacting the local Front Line Advisors or APAL.
The dates and times currently set for each region are:
- Northern Tasmania: Monday 24 September 2018
- Southern Victoria: Tuesday 25 September 2018
- South Australia: Wednesday 26 September 2018
- Western Australia: Friday 28 September 2018
- Goulburn Valley, VIC: Monday 17 September 2018
- Batlow, NSW: Tuesday 18 September 2018
- Orange, NSW: Wednesday 19 September 2018
- Stanthorpe, QLD: Friday 21 September 2018
Presentations from the walks will be posted in the Future Orchards library as they become available.
For more information please contact Angus Crawford, APAL Technical Manager on 03 9329 3511.
Important note: The Spring walks will include an Eating Experience apple tasting and rating session – please download the ‘Poll Everywhere’ app to your phone in preparation.
Future Orchards® is a strategic levy investment under the Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Fund. It is funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear levy and funds from the Australian Government, and is delivered by APAL and AgFirst.
First published 13th August 2018