My Harvest: Brett Squibb, Spreyton, TasmaniaNews
APAL talks to growers about how their harvest is shaping up, some of the main issues they are facing and what they are on the lookout for in the future.
Things are looking good for third-generation-grower Brett Squibb this season, with good size the feature of his crop.
Brett and his family run R.W Squibb and Sons Orchards in Spreyton, Tasmania, in the very north of the state.
“Things are going really well for us to be honest,” Brett said. “We’re picking some beautiful fruit at the moment.
“We’re not getting the waxy, over-ripe stuff that you can get.
“We’ll finish off Gala pretty soon, and then we’ve just started testing the Granny Smith so it won’t be long before we’re into those. We’ve got Sundowner, so we’ll keep picking into June.
“Everyone we’ve been talking to has said they’re struggling a bit with size, but we’re the opposite. The size has been really good so far, especially with the Gala and Smitten®.”
Brett expects to pick around 2,500 bins – 1800 of Gala and Smitten, and 400 of varieties sold domestically as Pink Lady.
“The weather has been okay,” Brett said. “We’ve had about 100mm rain, but it has all been in three rainfalls.
“We’re about 10 days later than usual.
“With the virus we’ve got a few different people working out here, a few backpackers but also mums, people who have lost their jobs, a few younger guys.
“We’re going well but it has been an unusual season. I’ve actually never seen one like it.”