Stone fruit yields set to boom

Leading Australian fresh produce business Montague is gearing up for a large stone fruit crop harvest this season, largely due to the good news of an expected warmer summer.

Hydrorock subsurface water saving technology

Developed by a Dutch company, Hydrorock is an innovative subsurface water saving technology composed of blocks of mineral wool - a rock-based mineral material made into a matted fibre buried in the ground and designed to deliver an optimum and constant supply of water to tree crops.

Future is cherry ripe for very happy family orchard

Kyabram orchardists Anthony Rullo and Alexandra Milosevich see embracing innovative water saving technologies as the key to their future after establishing a 5ha cherry orchard on a property just outside of Kyabram in July 2022.

Thinning strategies for European pears

Many European pear cultivars crop heavily and require thinning to ensure regular yields and optimise fruit quality. However, compared with apple, there is limited information available on how to best manage crop loads, particularly the newer cultivars.

Bringing home the Bacon at Barham Avocados

When it comes to avocado trees, Tim and Katrina Myers have been blazing a trail along the Murray at Barham, NSW, through droughts, floods, pandemics, global financial crises, good crops and, well, some not so good.

Minimal impact of phytosanitary irradiation

Global trade enables the movement of seasonally fresh produce between countries.

Getting to the core of apple and pear profitability

Apple and pear growers are about to take growing profits to the next level – powered by PIPS 4 Profit.

Scandinavian Celina – dare to be dazzled

The Australian pear industry is about to be dazzled with the first stage of commercialisation of the Celina/ QTee hitting the market.

Basics of stone fruit growth management

The three parts of the fruit, the seed, the stone and the flesh, develop separately over time, and fit in with other growth patterns of the tree, such as growth of new shoots and roots.

Angler trap targets Carpophilus beetle

Grochem offers a new trapping system for Carpophilus beetle – a major pest in ripening stone and pome fruit.

New sensor for storage disorders in stone fruit

Agriculture Victoria is collaborating with a Melbourne-based agtech company to assess the accuracy and utility of a prototype fluorescence sensor to detect and predict storage disorders in stone fruit.

Stroby WG fungicide now available from AgNova

AgNova has announced a new distribution agreement with BASF Australia for the popular strobilurin fungicide Stroby WG.

Why peach stones split and what causes gum?

Peaches, like all stone fruit, grow in three stages. Understanding this can help you to understand the factors contributing to stone split and gum to exude from peaches, Bas van den Ende writes.

Highly anticipated NZ apricots set to launch

New Zealand’s summerfruit industry has established NZ Summerfresh Ltd to commercialise the first three new apricot cultivars released by Plant & Food Research after nearly two decades of research and development.

Non-destructive quality measuring in stone fruit

Measuring changes in stone fruit ripeness during fruit growth is an important step to help determine when growers need to harvest and guide them with their postharvest handling and marketing strategy.