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Tree fruit physiologist Lee Kalcsits presenting at Spring Orchard Walks

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Join us this November for the annual Future Orchards® Spring Orchard Walks where you will hear from Dr Lee Kalcsits – a tree fruit physiologist from Washington State University. Lee will share the latest research outcomes and international practices in crop nutrition and attaining optimum fruit quality.

Lee is an Associate Professor of Tree Fruit Physiology in the Department of Horticulture at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, Washington. He serves as the Endowed Chair of Tree Fruit Environmental Physiology.

His research program conducts research that addresses short-, medium- and long-term tree fruit industry needs. The program works to provide solutions for the tree fruit industry to mitigate physiological disorders and improve fruit quality and profitability through better yields and better packouts from their orchards.

Lee will be joined by Jonathan Brookes from AgFirst. Jonathan has been involved in the New Zealand horticultural industry for more than 30 years and has a strong practical knowledge of pipfruit. Jonathan specialises in helping professional growers identify and monitor key performance indicators for the orchard business to find practical, cost-effective solutions to help lift performance and optimise profitability.

Jonathan will lead discussions about using your block data to optimise returns at harvest. This will include how to identify, set and achieve crop targets, management actions to put in place, how to measure if you are on track and options if you are not on track.

This year’s Spring Orchard Walks will take place concurrently from 14–17 November. Lee and Jonathan will present at orchards on the Northern Loop: Stanthorpe, Orange, Batlow and Goulburn Valley.

Further information and registration details are available in the following links:

Northern Loop

Southern Loop

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