News & Resources

Stay up-to-date with the latest industry news. Sign-up for alerts, tips and advice, research and industry invitations delivered straight to your inbox – Sign-Up

What is the ideal ‘smart orchard’ of the future?

Research & Extension


The PIPS3 Program, Developing smarter and sustainable pear orchards to maximise fruit quality, yield and labour efficiency (AP19005) project, is conducting trials at Agriculture Victoria’s (AgVic) Tatura Smartfarm to evaluate the effects of a range of training systems, planting densities and rootstocks on pear yield and fruit quality, as well as irrigation requirements.

At the Smartfarm’s Fruit Analysis Laboratory, Dr Ian Goodwin and Dr Lexie McClymont explain the maturity tests undertaken. Using spot measurements and fruit grader assessment technologies determines how each treatment is affecting ideal firmness, sugars and colour (blush intensity and coverage) targets.

Learn more about this project here.

Learn more about the PIPS program here, and hear Dr Goodwin present on these exciting findings on Day 2 of APAL Forum 2021 – Grow Beyond.

For more information on this and other PIPS3 projects, contact Marguerite White, PIPS3 Program Coordinator, at

Go Back to Latest News