Crop/Growth management

Why apples need both spur & shoot leaves to grow (part 4)

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Shoots and shoot leaves: Spur leaves are not the only leaves apples need for growth.

Potential record cherry crop this season

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According to indicators from growing regions around the country, this year's cherry crop shows great potential.

Why apples need both spur & shoot leaves to grow (part 3)

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Spur leaves are very important for fruit set and early fruit development.

Cherry flowering & tree training

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At the Victorian Cherry Association (VCA) annual meeting in Tatura earlier this month, the guest speaker, Dr Bénédicte Wenden, discussed Cherry flowering—from Europe to your block.

Why apples need both spur & shoot leaves to grow (part 2)

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Bourse shoots can grow to about 25 mm or more. Sometimes the bourse bud may form another small whorl of leaves ending into another bourse bud, which is a resting bud and will not flower the following season.

UK's flowering cherries

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During a recent tour of the UK a discovery unfolded of very large and very old flowering cherry trees in many public and private gardens.

Why apples need both spur and shoot leaves to grow

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One way to maximize the productivity of your apple trees is to understand the roles of spur and shoot leaves in flower bud formation and fruit development, and incorporate these roles into your management practices.

Northwest cherry crop update

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John Baker of Produce Marketing Australia has kindly provided an update from Northwest Cherries (in the USA).John notes that while the season is coming to a close, there is still fruit available from late-season orchards, and that 227,639 cartons of cherries (20 lb equivalent) had been shipped to Australia at…

Broad-spectrum bio-stimulant technology making life easier for farmers

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Bio-stimulant products are getting used by farmers more and more across Australia in addition to their traditional fertilizer programs.However, there is still confusion for farmers around this sector as CEO Gary Murdoch-Brown of EcoCatalysts Pty Ltd – a leading Bio-Stimulants company with offices in Australia, South Africa, USA and the…

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