Crop/Growth management

AgriBLUSH™ fruit quality technology

As AgriBLUSH™ enters its third season of use in the Victorian apple industry, it is important to review a number of aspects regarding grower expectations and storage observations.
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Are smaller cherries related to climate shift?

The media report (see box) suggests that cherry growers in Tasmania may have issues with climate affecting the size of their fruit.
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Manage soils & water to control tree growth & increase productivity (part 6)

  To produce early and high yields of good quality fruit, fruit trees need lots of feeder roots in the surface soil so they can take up plenty of water and nutrients. To enable this, the surface soil should be deep, soft, stable, well-structured, well-drained, fertile, and cool in summer.…

Link found between fungicides & bee decline

Fungicides are found to be the strongest factor linked to steep bumblebee declines, surprising scientists, and adding to the threats to vital pollinators.
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Manage soils & water to control tree growth & increase productivity (part 5)

To produce early and high yields of good quality fruit, fruit trees need lots of feeder roots in the surface soil so they can take up plenty of water and nutrients. To enable this, the surface soil should be deep, soft, stable, well-structured, well-drained, fertile, and cool in summer. Here…

Now mid-way through the cherry season

Some of the earliest districts have finished their cherry season, others will end closer to Christmas. Some are only just starting.
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Manage soils & water to control tree growth & increase productivity (part 4)

  Climate and soils of the Goulburn Valley (continued from last month)

Cherry season begins

The cherry industry in Australia is still in a growth phase and many positive things are happening.
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Manage soils & water to control tree growth & increase productivity (part 3)

The production of fruit is tied to management which affects how the tree’s resources (e.g. photosynthates, water, nutrients and hormones) are distributed throughout the tree.

Manage soils & water to control tree growth & increase productivity (part 2)

Management of the soil definitely effects root development. It is well known that roots of mature deciduous fruit trees grow in flushes. The end of the initial peak in root growth usually corresponds with the beginning of active shoot growth.

Cherry season almost over in British Columbia

It's now late August and the last of the season’s cherries are appearing in farmers markets and in supermarkets in Vancouver Canada, and in Fairbanks Alaska. During a recent visit it was good to get a feed of fresh cherries. Prices ranged from Can$ 2.98 to $5.98 per pound. Flavour…
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Manage soils & water to control tree growth & increase productivity

In a fruit tree, the yield of fruit results from a balance between vegetative growth and associated fruiting. The production of fruit is tied to management which affects how the tree’s resources (e.g. photosynthates, water, nutrients and hormones) are distributed throughout the tree.