Crop/Growth management

Cherry crop so far

A number of self–sterile cherry varieties appear to have a reduced crop this season.
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Best time to prune trees

With spring upon us, a new season for orchardists starts with flowers, new leaves and shoots—and much anxiety.
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Expecting top cherry crop

Although it’s early in the season—perhaps a little too early for an accurate forecast—indications are that we can expect a cherry crop of high quality.
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Dormancy-breaking sprays for low chill years (part 2)

The use of dormancy-breaking sprays could help apple and pear growers adapt to warmer years because dormancy breakers can stimulate earlier, more homogenous bud burst and flowering in a number of crops grown in mild climates worldwide.

Guest presenter Prof Matt Whiting, plus orchard walk

In this issue Ken would like to mention that Professor Matt Whiting (from the USA) will be the guest speaker at the combined Victorian Cherry Association AGM, and National Cherry Development Program (Cherry Road Show 2016).
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Bees for pollination & disease control

Crispin’s Beekeeping provide good, clean, hard working bees for pollination, and for an exiting new way to control fungal disease that uses bees to deliver biological control to flowers (called ‘entomovectoring’).

Dormancy-breaking sprays for low chill years

Researchers are assessing the value of dormancy–breaking sprays to help growers encourage compact and uniform flowering in their apple orchards when it’s just not cold enough for the trees to do it on their own.

Pollinators & pesticides (part 2)

Measuring movement of insecticides
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Dormant cherry trees means time for planning

As all the leaves have fallen from the cherry trees, it is time to inspect the trees and compare varieties, blocks and different locations; and to predict what the potential might be for the coming season.
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Scion rooting of apple trees

Many orchardists are not aware of the problem with scion rooting.
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Pollinators & pesticides

There has been a lot of press related to pollinator health recently.
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Make bees forage further for longer

Honeybees typically prefer to forage relatively close to their hives, and selectively target flowers that offer the most plentiful stores of pollen and nectar.