Crop/Growth management

Understand fruit trees : an orchard manual that enriches grower knowledge

Unfortunately the answers to many questions about why and how fruit trees grow and produce fruit are found in scientific journals. These are not written for orchardists.
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80 years of research in the Goulburn Valley (part 11)

Apply research findings to commercial orchard conditions: To encourage commercial adoption of the Tatura Trellis as a fully integrated system of orchard management, we did the following:Scientific papers published in international horticulture and soil science journals, and conference presentations, were re-written for grower magazines, chapters in books, Technotes, DAV Research Reports…

Water—a potential issue this season

Many cherry growing regions are experiencing, or may have to endure, dry or drying conditions this season. The three-month outlook by the Bureau of Meteorology is for a drier than average October and November.
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Maintaining cherry quality after harvest (part 2)

A cherry is not an apple: With most temperate woody fruit species, such as the apple, the major increase in fruit size comes long after the canopy has been developed. However, in the cherry, early fruit development and even maturation come at the same time as leaf and shoot development. 

Water vs apple crop

Irrigation water supply can often be less than crop water requirement during a drought—this leads to tree water stress and subsequent loss in fruit size and yield in apple orchards.

80 years of research in the Goulburn Valley (part 10)

Systems research: No single researcher could cover this whole field since a wide range of expertise was needed, as well as the great amount of work involvedWe became a scientific multi-disciplinary team. We emphasised basic research, which we then applied to the orchard.
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Cherry fruit set: too much or too little this season?

Cherry fruit buds are swelling, green tip is starting­—another cherry season is fast approaching. The total effects of all the factors that come together to define the cherry crop for the coming season are pretty much locked in.
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Maintaining cherry quality after harvest

The aim of this article is not only to develop an understanding of the importance of temperature management, but also to ensure that orchardists can grow a quality product that is big, dark, sweet and firm, and will have a reasonable shelf life. High quality cherries also must have a…

80 years of research in the Goulburn Valley (part 9)

With rising costs and growers finding it harder and harder to find skilled workers to do the job, to do it efficiently, and to do it correctly—we believed that mechanisation was a strategy to stay competitive.

SPLAT Bloom® —enhances bee foraging and pollination

It has been well documented that effective pollination is a limiting factor in lifting yields in tree crops. Not only does poor pollination limit fruit set but also fruit size and uniformity is compromised. Because of the dense nature of modern orchards, natural air flow of pollen is much reduced…

80 years of research in the Goulburn Valley (part 8)

Soil structure: Soft stable porous soil was considered very important for high yields in a high-density irrigated orchard.

Chill Calculator: try it

If you don’t have a weather station in your cherry orchard to track your winter or dormant chill requirement, then try the Chill Calculator. It can track chilling on data from a weather station close to your growing area.
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