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Recipient of the Australian Almond Industry's Phil Watters Award for 2011, Dean
Dinicola is a leading innovator in production.
Young achiever wins
Phil Watters Award
THE younger generation of almond
growers has been represented with the
industry's top award.
Riverina almond grower Dean Dinicola
received the 2011 Australian Almond
Industry Phil Watters Award at this year's
Australian Almond Conference at Victor
Harbor, South Australia, late last year.
The Phil Watters Award recognises ser vice
to the Australian almond industry, in
particular a dedication to research,
development and the improvement of almond
production, adoption of best practice and
promotion of horticulture to the community.
In accepting the Dean said he felt very
honoured to be the 2011 recipient of the
award which also carries with it a prize of
"It is a privilege to receive this award in
honour of Phil Watters who's dedication and
hard work contributed significantly to the
Australian Almond industry," he said.
Dean began working on the family property
at Lake Wyangan in the Riverina, at the age
of 16 and has been heavily involved in the
development of the almond orchard.
Since leaving school, he has completed an
Almond Best Practice Agronomic Management
Training Program and has helped to
coordinate and run trials and field days at his
family's property in conjunction with Ben
Brown, of the Almond Board of Australia.
He has embraced the latest technological
advances and best practice management
practices to bring the family almond property
into production, and he maintains a strict
irrigation, fertigation and spraying programme.
Dean is now seen as a leading innovator in
almond production in the Riverina region and
has set up his own fertigation system that uses
two kilometres of black poly pipe as a solar
heater to produce hot water for the mixing
tank to allow the fertiliser to totally dissolve
before being applied through the irrigation
He has also utilised a swivel PTO gearbox
in his har vester to allow greater
manoeuvrability within the orchard.
The Almond Board of Australia selection
committee for the Award noted Dean's drive
and innovation had contributed significantly
to him achieving his goal of excellence in his
Dean says he will use the prize to fund a
study tour to California where he will
investigate more efficient and effective ways
of storing and drying high moisture almonds
prior to delivery to processing companies.
He is also interested in looking at new self-
pollinator varieties and any new techniques in
fertilisation and irrigation to enhance almond
production within the orchards.
The award is part funded from a trust
administered by the Almond Board of Australia
and is part funded by Horticulture Australia.
It is dedicated to the memory of Phil
Watters, a respected individual and dedicated
technical officer in the almond industry.
The Almond Board of Australia
selection committee for the
Award noted Dean's drive and
innovation had contributed
significantly to him achieving
his goal of excellence in his
Debbie McMahon, Almond Board of
Australia is pictured with Gavin
McMahon, CEO of Central Irrigation
Trevor Dennis, HAIFA Chemicals Australia is
pictured with Brendan Sidhu, Almond Board of
Brett Kearsley, Spraygro is pictured with David
Crawford, CMV Farms.
Chloe Shaw, Jubilee Almonds is pictured
with Jake Langdon, Almondco Australia.
Representing Redox were Gali Carmi
and Debbie Shah.
Toby Smith, Olam Orchards Australia is
pictured with John Whitelegg, Rabobank.
Daryl Winter, Rural Funds Management is
pictured with Shaul Gilan, HAIFA Chemicals
Brendan Sidhu, Almond Board Of Australia Chairman
is pictured with Richard Waycott, Almond Board of
California President and CEO and Richard Skinner,
Almond Board of Australia CEO.
Peter Cavallaro, Walker Flat Almonds is
pictured with Michael Ward, Jubilee Almond.
Michael Ward, Jubilee Almonds is pictured
with George Piccirillo, Nufarm.
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