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Improved Australian apple and pear
orchard soil health and plant nutrition
The AP19006 Project is adopting a systems approach that looks at the orchard as a whole rather than trying to fix one particular component.
The research trials are investigating how different plantings, both interrow and along the tree-line, influence soil health, tree health and nutrition, fruit yield and quality. The treatments include a range of tree-line cover crops (legume/grass mix), composts, mulch, conventional grower bare strip and inter-row plantings (native herbaceous mix, flowering meadow mix, grass/legume mix).
Orchard studies are located in the five growing regions of Tasmania’s Huon Valley, Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, South Australia, Western Australia & New South Wales and reflect regional priorities and soil, climatic and management system differences.