Panel session: Agritech for orchards systems

Thank you to everyone who participated in the APAL sessions at Hort Connections 2018, check out our overview of events and pictures on flickr.

Apple and pear growers and industry members at Hort Connections will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive panel session looking at the industry’s adoption of new technologies and how they can be used to improve yield, efficiency and profitability.

Wednesday, 20 June 1:30-4:30pm, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

With the increasing rise of agro-technology, many people with an interest in the global apple and pear industry are looking at a range of orchard systems based on more automation, precision and decision support tools.

APAL Technical Manager Angus Crawford said he’s starting to see a flow-on from technology being used in other industries which will likely result in orchards that are more technology based.

“We’re now at a point where Australian apple and pear growers are asking how to best position themselves to adopt these new technologies,” Angus says.

“The upcoming apple and pear panel session at Hort Connections will seek to understand growers’ current and future prospects and strategies to improve the multiple aspects of fruit production where new technologies are emerging.   

“These areas will include opportunities for achieving higher production of quality fruit, improving efficiencies, better use of inputs now and into a future climate change scenario.”

The session will include, but not be limited to, topics on visual systems; decision support; improved monitoring tools; platforms; robotics; pruning; thinning; spraying technology; autonomous tractors; soil mapping; irrigation management; sensors; pest and disease control; pollination; climate change; automated pack house; and other technologies.

Facilitated by AgFirst Horticultural Consultant Craig Hornblow, a range of local industry members will be joined by international guests to share their insights and experiences.

Hort Connections runs from 18-20 June and the Panel Session features during this program.

An additional program has been created for apple and pear industry members to ensure the best possible experience and value is gained from attending the conference. Apple and pear delegates are invited to an informal dinner, Sunday, 17 June followed by a day of industry-focused activities and presentations on Monday, 18 June.  These sessions will precede the official Hort Connections welcome reception at 6pm on the Monday.

*Please note: delegates who purchase a ticket to Hort Connections 2018 will receive complimentary access to the APAL events on Sunday and Monday. Delegates only attending APAL activities are required to register online and pay $110 (incl GST) to participate.

Purchase tickets – APAL sessions
  • One price: $110

Tickets are available to purchase online.

Purchase tickets – HortCon
  • APAL member rate: $845
  • Non-member rate: $905
  • Tuesday day pass: $400
  • Wednesday day pass: $550

Tickets can be purchased on the Hort Connections website.

  • For more information about Hort Connections 2018 or the APAL specific program contact APAL Communications and Events Officer Richelle Zealley on or 0438 364 728.The Hort Connections website provides a wealth of information about the conference, accommodation and ticketing options, please visit for more information.
By |May 30th, 2018|Conference|

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APAL is an industry representative body and not-for-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.