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Holistic management the key to Koolboo production

2017 | Anon | Case Study

Bundaberg Sugar has four orchards in the Bundaberg region totalling 330 ha. In the last four years, it has increased production on its Koolboo macadamia orchard from 175 t in 2013 to 480 t in 2016. Last year’s result was significant in that it tipped production over 5.4 t NIS/ha and over 2 t SK/ha. Sean Cox describes his management strategies that are contributing to this production growth.

Abandoned orchard becomes one of NSW’s top producers

2017 | Commens R | Case Study

Phil and Nicki Primrose bought their already established orchard at Woodford Island in mid-2009, and started work on it in 2011. The orchard was run down – it had not been harvested for the previous three years and no orchard improvement works such as fertilising, pruning or composting had been done. They took the orchard from this state to being one of the highest producing orchards in NSW in the 2014 season. This case study describes the management decisions taken in rejuvenating the property.

Careful management promotes excellence on non-traditional orchard site

2017 | Commens R | Case Study

Stewart and Salina Edmonds describe their approach to managing their Caniaba macadamia orchard.

IOM program in northern rivers increases yield after just one year

2017 | Johnstone B, Bright J, Currey A | Case Study

An integrated orchard management (IOM) program being implemented on the Nicol family orchard in the Northern Rivers has borne fruit after just a year. In this article, orchard manager Bill Johnstone describes the key aspects of the IOM program.

Northern orchard highlights

2017 | Kaddatz B | Case Study

Brice Kaddatz travelled north to visit macadamia growers from Yeppoon to the Atherton Tablelands. His report reveals much activity on the part of a growing band of orchard owners who are trialling different cultural methods to identify those most suited to their situations, and are working to ensure their trees are managed to ensure sustainable production. Some orchards are also still recovering from the effects of Cyclone Marcia in 2015, which makes the progress these orchardists are making even more impressive.

Two different approaches to canopy management (row removal and pruning) both improve yield

2017 | Singh L | Case Study

As orchards have matured, the impact of canopy management on crop yield has become clear, with many growers in the throes of deciding whether they prune or don’t prune. The real decision to make, however, is when to prune?

Case study on three orchards who have increased production, improved orchard health and reduce erosion using IOM

2016 | Alt S, Bright J | Case Study

Scott Allcott and Dave Harris from Macadamia Farm Management, Noel Paine and Warren and Beverley Phelps describe their approach to IOM and the results achieved on their macadamia orchards.

Controlling water flow and orchard drainage

2016 | Langfield K | Case Study

Steve and Shirley Modra have 20 ha of 334 and 816 trees in their Corndale orchard near Lismore. They found that managing drainage and the flow of water had become a significant issue. Intense weather events were causing erosion in natural drainage lines where trees were planted, and sheet erosion on long or steeper slopes was resulting in eroded drainage lines and exposed tree roots.

Erosion management plan helps reduce soil loss

2016 | Langfield K | Case Study

The first challenge that Andrew Wright faced when he took over his older, 6 ha orchard at Pearces Creek in the Northern Rivers was understanding what management was needed to improve it. The first step was to have developed an erosion management action plan to identify priority sites for implementing on-ground works.

Integrated approach results in production of 6.75t/ha NIS on Tweed orchard

2016 | Anon | Case Study

David and Sharon Wardrop recently won the 2015 Macadamia Industry State of Origin award for large growers. In this article, David shares the key orchard management practices that contributed to their winning the State of Origin with production of 2.4 t/ha saleable kernel (more than 6.75 t/ha nut in shell).

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