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MacGroup – Northern Rivers (Plateau)

March 12, 2020@1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


How can you reduce your orchard’s vulnerability to drought and maximise the available crop?

Come along to hear how you can effectively plan for the 2020 season in order to maximise your productivity and profitability. Discussion will include:

  • A range of information and experiences from leading growers about strategies and adaptations they are using to help cope with drought conditions
  • Controlling pests that have become prevalent in dry conditions (NSW DPI) – How does our pest profile change in dry weather? Which pests are now more prevalent than ever before and how do we manage them?
  • New weather forecasting tools (short and medium term) for growers (QDAF)- Hear about the BOM’s new suite of outlooks including weekly, fortnightly and three-monthly timescales. Find out how much above or below-average temperatures are likely to be in your region and the likelihood of productive rainfall in the season
  • Impact of environmental conditions on our crop – The benchmarking team have compared weather station data with production data in each region and will unveil the trends
  • Harvesting & dehusking a variable crop – What changes do we need to make to our harvesting operations as a result of our variable crop? How do we adapt our crop production chemistry considering the dry conditions? What is the impact on tree health when we use ethrel and other products in dry conditions?
  • Update on global supply, demand and how marketing is evolving for the future (General Manager Marketing Lynne Ziehlke)
  • Regional specific topics will also be covered at each event, providing a chance for growers to discuss current challenges and oppurtunities in an open forum. In NSW we will be discussing tree health conditions, accessing water, and tree watering in non-irrigated orchards.



Centre for Tropical Horticulture
494 Bruxner Highway
Alstonville, Nsw 2477 Australia
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