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Ground cover

2022 | Australian Macadamia Society | Fact Sheet

The orchard floor is the engine room of any orchard. One of the best options for improving long-term orchard floor productivity and sustainability is to improve ground coverage. This fact sheet outlines the benefits of ground cover and considerations for management. Each growing region is different and a tailored solution for your orchard and the resources you have available will be required.
Healthy ground cover provides physical and biological benefits, maximises natural crop inputs and improves resilience.

Managing storm damage (Dec 2021 MacGroup)

2021 | Searle C | Research report/Update

With the summer storm season upon us, growers are urged to manage risks and minimise the negative effects of unpredictable weather events. But when an orchard sustains storm damage, how do you prioritise the clean-up and give damaged trees the best chance of recovering? Dr Chris Searle provides triage guidance for young and established orchards following severe weather, as well as preventative measures to mitigate damage.

Benefits of double ground wood chip (August 2021 MacGroup)

2021 | Australian Macadamia Society | Video

Alloway Macadamias farm manager Johan Oosthuizen and Macadamias Australia Grower Liasion Rohan Orford show how horizontal grinding is assisting to produce a high quality double ground wood mulch from trees being removed in high density orchards. The horizontal grinding process helps to control mulch particle size and the resultant wood strands form a much better orchard floor surface and root growing environment than traditional wood chip from a tub grinder.

Innovative mulcher developed by macadamia grower Lance Emery

2021 | Australian Macadamia Society | Video

Lance runs Mill Farm in Nashua in the NSW Northern Rivers region with his wife, Ina. The farm’s productive acres are on very steep country, and over the years Lance has worked hard maximising ground cover and minimising erosion. Watch now to learn about the new machine developed by Lance, protecting ground cover and controlling pest.

Grower Tool Kit: Orchard Floor Management (March 2021 MacGroup video)

2021 | Searle C | Video

The AMS Grower Toolkit - a practical, step-by-step production guide based on macadamia ecophysiology – will be launched at the industry conference AusMac2021 in November. One of its most crucial chapters - Orchard Floor Management – will be unveiled by Dr Chris Searle. Chris will explore the management principles that underpin the ‘working with nature rather than against it’ approach.

Grower Tool Kit: Orchard Floor Management (March 2021 MacGroup, Coastal NSW)

2021 | Searle C | Presentation

The AMS Grower Toolkit - a practical, step-by-step production guide based on macadamia ecophysiology – will be launched at the industry conference AusMac2021 in November. One of its most crucial chapters - Orchard Floor Management – will be unveiled by Dr Chris Searle. Chris will explore the management principles that underpin the ‘working with nature rather than against it’ approach.

Grower Tool Kit: Orchard Floor Management (March 2021 MacGroup, Plateau NSW)

2021 | Searle C | Presentation

The AMS Grower Toolkit - a practical, step-by-step production guide based on macadamia ecophysiology – will be launched at the industry conference AusMac2021 in November. One of its most crucial chapters - Orchard Floor Management – will be unveiled by Dr Chris Searle. Chris will explore the management principles that underpin the ‘working with nature rather than against it’ approach.

Grower Tool Kit: Orchard Floor Management - Flood plain land preparation (March 2021 MacGroup, Coastal NSW)

2021 | Searle C | Presentation

The AMS Grower Toolkit - a practical, step-by-step production guide based on macadamia ecophysiology – will be launched at the industry conference AusMac2021 in November. One of its most crucial chapters - Orchard Floor Management – will be unveiled by Dr Chris Searle. Chris will explore the management principles that underpin the ‘working with nature rather than against it’ approach.

Lessons from the drought for macadamia growers

2020 | Bright J | Fact Sheet

The NSW north coast has a large proportion of the countries’ macadamia farms. It is normally lush, green and beautiful, but during 2019, it turned brown, dry and smoky. With very limited rainfall, dams were getting low and fires were burning almost everywhere.

Grass selection and management key to orchard productivity

2019 | Roche M | Article

Matt Roche, Director of Australian Sports Turf Consultants, discusses the importance of grass cover in the orchard. He also describes how to introduce a new grass into the orchard and useful tools for managing grasses.

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