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What to expect at the Grower R&D Update


Knowledge is key to mitigating the risks facing growers, and as an industry we need to rethink how to transform our orchards to ensure longevity.

The advantage of a connected industry is the ability for growers to get together and share ideas. APAL has evolved the annual Speed Updating event to better update growers on the latest orchard management techniques with the APAL Grower R&D Update on the 13 November 2019 in Melbourne. Connect with growers, agronomists, and scientists to share knowledge and hear from a diverse list of qualified speakers from at home and abroad.

The programme will explore:

Water efficiency

Water is a critical asset; this winter has been the driest on record with little relief for growers. Managing water will increasingly become key to the survival of our industry. Attendees will develop a closer understanding of the vulnerability and natural responses of trees to water, and how to more accurately calculate crop water requirements.

Dr Dario Stefanelli, Dr Nigel Swarts, and Brent Reeve will explore modern water-saving irrigation, precise monitoring and scheduling, and how to use soil character profiles to improve water and nutrient use.


Pollination is under threat: climatic conditions, lack of food, and protected cropping is changing bee behaviour. Many growers benefit substantially from a wealth of ecosystem services. APAL’s line-up of speakers will explore what growers can do now to improve pollination and how you can safeguard the health of your orchard.


How effective is netting in protecting crops? As APAL campaigns for support for growers to address the high cost-barriers for netting, CEO of Apple and Pear Growers SA Susie Green will moderate a grower panel to discuss the reported benefits beyond risk management, including improved yields and packouts, savings on labour and water, and improved long-term sustainability and decision making.


Australia needs to prepare for the next big biosecurity threat: the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), an invasive pest has been spreading around the globe from its native north-east Asia and is responsible for major crop losses in North America and Europe. It can hibernate in most common imported goods for extended periods of time, making it a constant threat. Bill Mackintosh, a grower from the USA who has experienced the BMSB firsthand, will walk us through what growers need to look out for.


Book your place at the Grower R&D Update.


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