Mixed fortunes for hort

New data shows mixed fortunes for an Australian horticulture sector facing numerous challenges; however, the long-term outlook remains strong with total production value increasing by 2.8 per cent to $16.3 billion.

Macadamia growers honoured

Australia’s best macadamia growers have been honoured in the industry’s Awards of Excellence, announced the peak industry body, the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS).

How narrow can we go?

A new Hort Innovation Frontiers project is about to explore planting stone and pome fruit trees in 2m rows with canopies as narrow as a pair of secateurs.

Unleashing Pomegranate production management guide

It might already be a $10.4 million industry, with 275,000 mature trees, but the true potential of pomegranates remains largely untapped.

Blueberry water use in spotlight

The Clean Coastal Catchments (CCC) research project is working on a blueberry crop water use model, looking closely at how much water blueberry plants take up under different conditions.

Big new in small JD tractors – and GUSS

JOHN Deere has rolled out its big guns in the smaller tractor, with its new 5ML tractor making its Australian debut at a Mildura high value crop (HVC) field day in early October.

Beneficial bacteria activate avocado enterprise in WA

Health is the key to the future for WA avocado grower Nigel Love, who says it is a chain reaction starting with healthy roots.

Product and precision are the key says KENSO

In the dynamic world of horticulture, where tree crops such as almonds, walnuts, apples, pears, and citrus play a pivotal role in the local economy, improved farm management practices become more important every year.

Impact of tree density on water and nitrogen use

The Australian almond industry has expanded from 7038 ha to 60,463 ha since 2006, with most plantings being irrigated with efficient drip systems.

Mineral mapping for more robust avocados

Mineral nutrition of horticultural crops is crucial for high productivity and good quality produce. Well-fertilised plants are more resilient against adverse environments and disease (Lahav and Kadman 1980).

AgPick seeks growers’ input on analytics project

Australian agritech provider AgPick Technology is calling on growers to input into a six-month analytics development project in a bid to empower them with better tools to enable data-driven decisions.

Apple fruit thinning benefits too great to ignore

Some apple growers can get nervous about using chemical fruit thinners. However, Sam Boyce, operations manager at a Goulburn Valley orchard, says the savings in manual thinning and early market sales benefits are simply too great to ignore.

Macadamia Grower guide has the answers

Good management of nutrition and soil health in macadamia orchards is crucial for sustaining productive capacity and increasing fertility over time.

Should I replace or renew my old frost fan?

Australian Frost Fans is the sister business to New Zealand Frost Fans, which manufactures the well-known FrostBoss range of frost fans. The FrostBoss C49 (4-blade machine) is the best-selling machine in Australia and New Zealand.

Early start essential to tame high-density pears

High-density planting of pear trees on seedling rootstock can match early and high yields of high-density plantings of apple trees on size-controlling rootstocks, but only when pear trees are tamed early. It is important to recognise that the growth habit of the pear is different from that of the apple.