AMS News Bulletin Autumn 2019

The first edition of 2019 features harvest efficiency and marketing.

With harvest just around the corner, we talk with consultants Daniel Rollinson and Eddy Dunn about the progress of preharvest preparation and harvest prospects for this year in the Northern Rivers and around Bundaberg. Scott Allcott describes how he and his team have improved yields by paying attention to integrated orchard management all through the year. And we get some tips from Phil Bevan at Alstonville and Bob Maier at Valla about equipment modifications and upgrades that have improved harvest efficiency. We also catch up with Aimee and James Thomas to find out how their under-tree netting trial is progressing. Hint: it’s looking good.

Also in this edition is our annual marketing feature detailing activities and significant progress in marketing macadamias around the world. Lynne Ziehlhe looks at the history of macadamia marketing over the last ten years and describes the very real advances made by the program. 

Jolyon Burnett gives a thorough run-down on macadamia growing in China and what this might mean for the industry in other origins, including Australia. We also congratulate two industry stalwarts – Ian McConachie, who won the Norm Greber Award, and Brice Kaddatz, who was awarded and Order of Australia this year.

Our regular R&D feature includes an article comparing early growth and yield from Beaumont and H2 rootstocks and another on a recent workshop and farm visits on mistletoe held late last year in Queensland.

Article authors include Leoni Kojetin, Lynne Ziehlke, Anne Currey and Denise Bond, AMS; Megan Boote, Suncoast Gold Macadamias; Jeremy Bright, NSW DPI; Steve MacKinlay, Stahmann Farms; and Helen Hofman QDAF and Hanna Toegel, QAAFI.

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