Upcoming events

Apple & pear industry day

When: 10.00am–3.30pm Monday, 7 October 2019

Where: Huon Valley

FGT will be holding an apple & pear industry day on Monday, 7 October 2019. Hosted at the packhouse of R&R Smith in Grove, the event includes updates on national projects, a guided orchard walk, a Q&A discussion about on-farm biosecurity, updates on TIA's latest apple research activities, as well as bee management during pollination.

Invited speakers at the event include researchers Dr Nigel Swarts (TIA), Dr Sally Bound (TIA), Madeleine Way (TIA) and Ramandeep Singh Sidhu (TIA), as well as national industry program manager Richelle Zealley (APAL) and Victorian pollination expert Trevor Monson (Monson Honey & Pollination). The event includes morning tea & lunch, and will aim to finish by 3:45pm. Drinks and refreshments will be available beforehand and throughout the day.

Site open

10:30 - 11:00 Arrival & Refreshments

Session 1 - TIA Research update

11:00 - 11:10 FGT Welcome
11:10 - 10:20 Dr Nigel Swarts: nitrogen use efficiency in apple orchards
11:30 - 10:35 Dr Sally Bound: plant growth regulators (PGR's) in apples and pears
11:50 - 10:50 Ramandeep Singh Sidhu: quality and storage in Envy apples
12:05 - 10:55 Madeleine Way: cider research at TIA
12:20 - 12:25 Dr Sally Bound (Codling moth SIT project)
12:25 - 12:30 Richelle Zealley: APAL Future Business Program
12:30 - 12:45 Richelle Zealley: Industry Discretionary Mutual Fund feasibility study
12:45 - 1:45 Lunch

Session 2 - Orchard-walk session

1:45 - 2:15 R&R Smith Orchard Walk
2:15 - 2:45 Biosecurity Q&A (Biosecurity Tas / FGT)
2:45 - 3:45 Trevor Monson: managing bees for pollination



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