New owners, same quality

After more than 10 years of ownership, Rural Business and Australian Tree Crop magazines have been sold by the owners of Ag Communication Solutions, John Forrest and Jeff Gilbert. The new owner is McPherson Media Group (MMG), an independent publishing group based in Shepparton, Victoria.

$6.4 million cool-climate hort project

Scientists are giving Aussie horticulture growers in cooler climates the opportunity to participate in a $6.4M research trial program to help industry adapt to climate change.

Haifa’s new SA and NSW agronomist

Haifa Australia has welcomed the appointment of Sheri Robinson to the role of sales agronomist for the South Australia and the Riverina region in New South Wales.

AI trialled for high-risk bug detection

Some of Australia’s brightest minds are collaborating to finalise a portable device that uses artificial intelligence to help biosecurity officers more quickly identify high-risk brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) on the frontline.

Warning over scams aimed at farmers

Farmers and small businesses in rural and regional areas are urged to be cautious, particularly when buying heavy machinery, following a spike in scams targeting the agricultural sector.

Breakthrough in mango processing

New machine can peel, de-seed, and cut and dice fruit efficiently, with little waste.

Drapeau-Lehner 2D wall system advantages

An older tree architecture system is finding favour again with growers.

Mapping cherry fruitlets to assist thinning

Camera mapping system a more efficient way to assess fruit load.

Retractable rain and hail shelters save crops

Rain shelters aid cherry quality and production.

Robots and autonomous vehicles combat worker shortage

'Reliability of machines far outweighs the reliability of people.'

Premio for premium cherries

Premio improved fruit set percentages, fruit quality and reduced cracked fruit.

SMS recruiting function now part of AgPick app

SMS system allows growers to recruit and communicate with pickers directly ahead of Australian cherry season.

AGL to power almond orchard with microgrid and solar farm

New solar farm will be the size of two MCGs.

Improving Australia’s biosecurity toolkit

Pest and Disease Image Library is relaunched.

Export a major focus for Australian lychee growers

The Australian lychee industry exports around 22 per cent of the national crop.