Mango industry in race to adapt to climate change

The Top End's mango industry is worth $122 million a year but the sector is under threat from climate change, industry figures have warned.

Freshcare appoints new CEO

Australia’s industry-owned assurance standard for horticulture, Freshcare, has appointed Benjamin Wash as its new chief executive.

Researchers making fruit flies twice as 'sexy'

Australian researchers have developed a new type of fly food that can help double the number of "sexy" sterile Queensland fruit flies being reared in laboratories.

Sting in the tale of bees in ‘crisis’

For the urban hipsters who dressed up as bees in this week’s Extinction Rebellion rallies, it is indeed serious: environmental challenges to honey bees might mean a future shortage of almond milk lattes.

Mango season in full swing

The 2019 Australian mango season is well and truly underway. A total 406,000 trays, each with seven kilograms of fruit, were dispatched to market last week.

Strong crop size to boost volumes for Australian stone fruit exporter

The introduction of new varieties into production is expected to increase crop size and lead to bigger export volumes in the 2019-20 season for a leading Australian stone fruit exporter.

Citrus Australia launches protective screenhouse to prevent HLB

Auscitrus has strengthened its capacity to protect the nation’s budwood supplies from disease, focusing specifically on any future incursion of HLB, with the completion of its new protective screenhouse.

Trellising in avocado orchards is “pushing the boundaries of production"

A major South African avocado producer believes that trellising is the way of the future, especially as new generation cultivars become available for growers.

Seven things you should know when exporting to China

Export to China of fresh fruit and nuts is a key export opportunity for Australian producers.

Wanted: Hairy, motivated flies to pollinate crops

Scientists are on the lookout for energetic flies with plenty of body hair to pollinate crops and help expand Australia’s fruit and nut production.

Canadian firm lobs $854m takeover offer for agri group Webster

Webster Limited is set to be purchased by Canadian interests, with a proposed $854 million takeover by PSP Investments.

Mango season heating up in the Northern Territory as industry continues to expand

The mango season in the Northern Territory is heating up, with farms around Darwin's rural area reaching their peak harvest period.

Australian orange growers enjoy record farm gate prices

Some eight years ago, Australian citrus growers were abandoning fruit worth millions of dollars due to a strong Australian dollar crippling export markets. At the same time they were only getting paid 10 cents to 12c a kilogram for fruit to be sold at the supermarket when it cost them 30c/kg to produce at the farm-gate.

World cherry production will decrease to 3.6 million tons

According to information from the USDA for the 2019-2020 season, world cherry production is expected to decrease slightly and amount to 3.6 million tons. This decline is due to the damages that the weather caused on cherry crops in the European Union. Even though Chile is expected to achieve a record export, world trade in cherries is expected to drop to 454,000 tons, based on lower shipments from Uzbekistan and the US.

Quince Market to Record Sturdy Growth by 2018 – 2028

Quince Market Introduction Quince is an unusual fruit which is closely related to apples and pears, with the scientific name Cydonia oblonga. The quince fruit is a native product of the Eurasian area, which includes Uzbekistan, Armenia, Turkey, Hungary, Macedonia, and other nearby regions. On a global scale, the production of quince is around 106,000 acres, with Turkey being one of the top producer growing roughly 26,500 acres of quince. The acreage of quince grown in the U.S. is relatively small, making the fruit a specialty crop. California is the only place in the U.S. which grows quince commercially with around 205 tons of production annually. Quince is primarily known for the presence of high concentration of pectin in it, which further helps to set jellies, pastes, and preserves. In the past few decades, the consumption of quince declined due to the invention of powdered gelatin, but however, it made a comeback with the high-end restaurants which have featured quince as a specialty fruit.