Home' Grower : June 2013 Contents The South Australian Grower -- June 2013
By SUSIE GREEN,
CEO, Apple & Pear
of South Australia
AS har vest draws to a close,
and cool storages fill to
the brim, growers are tak-
ing stock and reflecting on the
season that was.
Like all seasons, it threw up its
own set of challenges but the
end result saw fr uit of excep-
The extremely long, dry spell
from August to May meant
most growers had to manage
their water extremely carefully.
Despite this, with some thin-
ning and summer pruning, they
were able to achieve good size
across most varieties.
The dry weather also meant a
kind growing season in terms of
low disease pressure.
Some earlier varieties such as
royal gala were impacted a little
by sunburn from extreme heat
events in January, particularly in
the Riverland district, affecting
overall yields to an extent.
But the quality of packed fruit
was unaffected, with high sugar
content making for very good
Cooler nights and clear
autumn weather brought out
some magnificent colour in
later varieties such as fuji, pink
lady, and sundowner.
With pink lady strains
accounting for more than 40
per cent of South Australia's
crop, there will be some quality
fruit available for many months
A group of Asian importers
who toured the Lenswood dis-
trict in early May as part of an
Apple & Pear Australia Limited
initiative to boost apple exports
were extremely impressed with
the fruit they tasted and saw
growing on the trees.
The quality of pears this year
was right on top, with good
sugar content and pleasing
Some growers str uggled for
water later in the season
because of the dr y conditions
which impacted on fr uit size a
little bit, but overall eating
quality has been very good.
So, as we reflect on what has
shaken out to be a favourable
season, we wait to see how this
will impact on grower returns.
Many SA apple growers have
invested heavily in higher-den-
sity, more intensive planting
systems and are achieving
world-class efficiencies, yield
results and pack-outs.
But this comes at a cost, at a
time where overall costs of pro-
duction are on the rise and
price pressures are real.
While returns to growers are
better than they were last year,
margins are still ver y tight.
With such high-quality fruit
right on the doorstep of our
major city, we have the perfect
opportunity to work hard to
promote our product and drive
up consumer demand for local,
If every one in SA bought one
more apple or pear in their
weekly shopping, instead of a
chocolate bar or other type of
packaged snack food, that
would make a big difference to
growers and consumers.
A group of Asian importers touring a Lenswood apple orchard in May as
part of an industry initiative to boost apple exports.
MORE nutritious almonds for
consumers and a greater range of
high-quality varieties for industry --
these are the aims of the Australian
Almond Breeding program at the
University of Adelaide, which
recently received $2.35 million in
industry funding to continue
developing new varieties.
The almond breeding program,
based at the School of Agriculture,
Food & Wine at the University of
Adelaide's Waite Campus, is the
only one of its kind in Australia.
The new project, which will cost
$2.35 million in five years, has
been funded by Horticulture
Australia Ltd using the Almond
industry levy and matched funds
from the Australian Government.
"Australia is now the second
biggest producer of almonds in the
world, with most being exported to
India. Our goal is to increase
current production by 15 per cent
in the next five years, and to
decrease the reliance on existing
cultivars over the next 10 years, to
allow the industry to take
advantage of this growing market,"
says leader of the Australian
Almond Breeding program Michelle
Wirthensohn who is Horticulture
Australia Research Fellow at the
Dr Wirthensohn expects up to five
superior almond varieties to be
released by 2018.
Cool nights build-up fresh supplies
By WENDY HELPS
AUTUMN days and cooler nights
in May saw an abundance of
fresh fruits and vegetables at the
Adelaide Produce Market.
continued to attract attention.
Good supplies of South
Australian-grown navel oranges
arrived as the Australian navel
orange season started, and there
was continued supplies of
mandarins and lighter supplies of
SA-grown clementine mandarins.
These joined Australian-grown
lemons, limes and grapefruit to
compete the citrus range.
The Australian-grown chestnut
season strengthened to stack up
well on the market floor. Other
fruit lines that kept a steady pace
were SA-grown non-astringent
persimmons, pomegranates and
quinces, Qld-grown hass
avocados, dark passionfruit,
custard apples and Victorian-
grown green kiwi fruit.
The Australian grape season
offered a range of varieties to
entice the palate.
Pome fruits such as SA-grown
apple, pear and nashi varieties
were other new-season
Staple fruits such as bananas,
pineapples, honeydew melon,
rock melon and watermelon were
In the berry sector, the SA
strawberry season slowed while
light supplies of Qld product
trickled in, signalling that their
season was underway. Supplies
of Australian-grown blueberries
and raspberries remained light.
Several vegetable lines had
plenty coming in towards the
middle of May -- a good
turnaround after a period of light
supply. These were Australian-
grown cauliflowers, celery,
chinese cabbage, broccoli, cos
and iceberg lettuce and loose and
pre-packed sweet corn.
Salad vegetable lines such as
SA-grown continental and
lebanese cucumbers and gourmet
tomatoes increased in volume
during the same time.
In contrast, supply of SA-grown
gold and red capsicums could not
keep pace with the high demand.
Some exotic fresh produce lines
were Qld-grown chokos, SA-
grown buddah's hand, USA-grown
cherries, New Zealand-grown
gold kiwi fruit, SA-grown flat
continental beans, Vic-grown
globe artichokes, SA-grown
jerusalem artichokes, Vic-grown
green peas and borlotti beans,
Australian-grown walnuts, SA-
grown apple cucumbers, and
Australian-grown gold squash.
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stack up well on
the market floor.
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