Industry Best Practice

Future Orchards®

Increase your orchard’s competitiveness with best-in-class techniques and production systems and cutting-edge R&D insights.

Industry Best Practice

Launched in 2006, Future Orchards provides growers with practical and hands-on education to improve the fruit quality and productivity of their orchards and increase their competitiveness.

Funded through Hort Innovation and delivered by APAL, services delivered under Future Orchards include:

Designed to increase production, lower orchard production costs, increase the percentage of premium fruit harvested, Future Orchards is well on track to bring Australian orchardists up to best-in-class standards.

The initial milestones for the Future Orchards project were to:

The project is well on track to achieving these goals.

In addition, Future Orchards monitors designated ‘Focus Orchard’ blocks with different tree densities and growing-issues in each region. Orchard Walks are held regularly to give growers first-hand comparisons of the costs and benefits of adopting different production systems and approaches.

Access the most recent Future Orchards information at Latest Materials, or revisit older resources in the complete Future Orchards Library.

FUTURE ORCHARDS LIBRARY

OrchardNet®

Available free to Australian apple and pear levy payers, OrchardNet® is an online database that provides live business updates from the orchard to track performance, provide benchmarks and forecast performance.

To view the Focus Orchard data in OrchardNet, use the following login details (note both are lower case):

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Orchard Business Analysis

Orchard Business Analysis (OBA) collects physical and financial data from 24 orchards across Australia. Data collected gives a snapshot of the current industry, provides a financial overview, is an opportunity to benchmark performance and reviews industry trends on production.

Copies of the OBA are available to APAL members on request. Request a copy of the OBA. – EMAIL info@apal.org.au

AgFirst

AgFirst are a New Zealand based consultancy specialising in primary industry work. AgFirst empower growers to achieve best practice in the horticulture industry.

Providing technical knowledge in all horticulture crops with specialist knowledge in kiwifruit, pipfruit, stonefruit, grapes and olives, the AgFirst team is experienced in project extension, consultancy and industry development.  AgFirst experts regularly travel overseas to view, test and share systems and methods from around the world.

Meet the AgFirst team

Orchard Walks

Orchard Walks

Led by an AgFirst consultant and APAL Technical Manager,  Orchard Walks are hosted twice-annually in each growing region. Visit our Events page to learn when the next Orchard Walk is occurring in your region.

Orchard Walks

Acknowledgement

Future Orchards® is a strategic 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.


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