Pest and Disease Management
Dr Gordon Brown looks at innovations in biological control of black spot. Black spot (apple scab, Venturia inaequalis)…
Australian growers produce the world’s best apples and pears year after year thanks to a combination of passion and technical expertise.
Technology gets much of the attention for how it is revolutionising orchard management, but every stage of the growing process is an opportunity to improve productivity and fruit quality, from pre-planting through to harvest management.
As fruit approaches maturity and is ready to pick, critical decisions need to be made about storing, packaging, and selling the fruit.
Thanks to advances in cold storage technology which have improved our ability to supply high quality fruit throughout the year, Australian consumers are fortunate enough to enjoy crisp, juicy and firm local apples year-round.
It’s no longer enough to produce high-quality fruit. Managing a successful orchard is just like managing any business: people, processes, and systems must be optimised to maximise profitability.