‘Yes Minister’ threatens PALM scheme

The future of the PALM scheme, the Albanese government's answer for industry’s calls to provide visas with working rights, is set to plummet in popularity with the Australian horticulture industry.

Orchard netting and platforms

Each season, orchardists face enormous risk; from unpredictable weather to labour insecurity, making fruit growing sometimes seem like a gamble.

AusHub Vietnam’s first strategic industry bodies

The Australian Industry Hub (AusHub) Vietnam is excited to announce that Summerfruit Australia has been named as one of the Australian Industry Bodies as strategic partners for 2023.

WEED-IT spot spraying available for orchards

Rometron Australia has recently developed the Optispot 7, an orchard sprayer that brings WEED-IT optical spot spraying technology to nut and fruit growers.

Strong exhibitor demand at Fruit Logistica

Exhibitors from some 32 countries and regions as well as 21 national pavilions are already signed up to take part in Asia’s premier fresh produce trade show.

Are they Grasshoppers or Locusts?

Recently, I came across a retail garden website saying grasshoppers could be considered as beneficial insects… just because birds love to eat them.

Picking app evolves to provide more control

Harvest technology provider AgPick Technology’s picking app has evolved to help growers, including tree crop producers identify and act on productivity peaks and troughs to gain control over labour expenses.

Australian citrus needs to target new buyers

Forget about appealing to loyal or niche customers – the only way to consistently sell more citrus fruit is to nudge those who rarely buy it, and make it easier for them to pop it in their trolley more often, according to Hort Innovation general manager of marketing Kylie Hudson.

GreenTech spray system the best for tall trees

In early 2021, jointly Nigel Love and Vanessa Roche near Pemberton township, one of the most beautiful regions of the South West Western Australia purchased the first GreenTech Spray System for their tallest avocado trees.

New Summerfruit representative in Vietnam

As part of its involvement with the AusHub, Summerfruit Australia Limited (SAL) and AusCham have engaged a full-time person to undertake the important work on the ground in Vietnam.

Bravo apple exports continue to grow

The Western Australian-bred Bravo apple harvest has begun, as national production of this promising new variety grows.

Citrus industry trial targets costly pest

Wasp traps developed and trialled in South Australia could be the key to controlling a pest that costs the national citrus industry “tens of millions” of dollars a year.

Export markets drive almond fungicide choices

Almond enterprises are increasingly recognising they have to be particularly strategic with orchard fungicide applications to ensure their produce continues to meet export destination requirements.

Tornado sprayers mark 50 years in Australia

Tornado Pumps and Sprayers have been manufacturing and importing specialised agricultural equipment since 1973. 2023 is the Sydney based company’s 50th year in providing unparalleled innovations and service to the agricultural sector in Australia.

Summerfruit 2023 Industry Conference

After a period without a National Conference Summerfruit Australia Ltd (SAL) will be holding a ‘mini conference’ over the period 15–16 May 2023 in Moama (across the river from Echuca).