Crop/Growth management

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.

Info from Northwest cherries

Here is the latest information about Northwest cherries, from BJ Thurlby, President Northwest Cherry Growers.
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Grading a bad bunch of policy cherries

There are things happening now that will affect the future of the cherry industry and how cherry production businesses might operate.
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Strong export growth in Australian cherries

The past season has seen strong export growth of Australian cherries from the major producing areas.
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SunUp reflective film improves fruit colour & production

SunUp reflective orchard film reflects the sun’s UV rays up into the underside and central areas of the tree canopy.
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Blush development in pears: Orchard practices (part 2)

Under netting, light levels are generally lower and in summer, the shade created by netting can significantly reduce fruit skin temperatures (continued from last issue).

110+ bins/acre of Williams pears

In earlier articles (Tree Fruit July and August, 2015) we reported how Williams Bon Chretien (Williams) trees on Tatura Trellis produced 123 tonnes per hectare or 123 bins canning–grade per acre by changing tree management, not the rootstock.

Blush development in pears Part 2: Orchard practices

More research is required to better understand the underlying genetics and biochemical pathways for red pigment (i.e. anthocyanin) development in the skin of full red (FR) and blush (B) pear cultivars.

Tassie cherries adrift in Melbourne port

Winds of up to 100 km/h lashed Melbourne on 13 January.
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