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Assessing crop loss

2021 | Australian Macadamia Society | Fact Sheet

Understanding and quantifying in-field losses, evidence of which never makes it to the processor, is critical.

Macadamia physiology and nut quality (Feb/March 2020 MacGroup)

2020 | Penter M | Presentation

South African expert Mark Penter has completed extensive research on South African orchards during challenging climatic seasons and led numerous research trials to improve on-farm practices which directly impact kernel quality and post-harvest efficiency.

Ethepon in drought affected orchards (Feb/March 2020 MacGroup)

2020 | Penter M | Presentation

South African expert Mark Penter discusses the current climate changes facing the macadamia industry and the implications for agriculture for more broadly.

Maintaining quality after harvest

2020 | Jones K | Article

Post-harvest management is just as important as insect and disease control. Growers can suffer significant losses through poor post-harvest handling practices that allow mould, brown centres, germination or discolouration to increase during storage on-farm. An understanding of the biological and physical processes that affect nut quality is essential. This article summarises past research on maintaining quality after harvest.

Using ethepon in macadamias

2020 | Australian Macadamia Society | Fact Sheet

The number of macadamia growers using ethephon (e.g. Ethrel) is increasing as they discover its benefits in shortening the harvest season and enabling better orchard management. Those experienced in successfully using ethephon caution that attention must be paid to a range of important factors. This fact sheet explains how ethephon works and outlines the latest information on using ethephon, based on grower experience and research in Australia and South Africa.

Ethepon use in challenging environmental conditions (Video, Feb/March 2020 MacGroup)

2020 | Penter M | Video

South African expert Mark Penter discusses the current climate changes facing the macadamia industry and the implications for agriculture for more broadly.

Tree shaker improving the harvest season

2020 | Australian Macadamia Society | Research report/Update

Macadamia grower Chris Cook, from Arapala orchard on the NSW mid north coast, talks about his purchase of a Shockwave Monoboom tree shaker. Chris shares some valuable tips and advice for other growers thinking of purchasing a shaker for their orchard.

Macadamia physiology and nut quality (Video, Feb/March 2020 MacGroup)

2020 | Penter M | Video

South African expert Mark Penter has completed extensive research on South African orchards during challenging climatic seasons and led numerous research trials to improve on-farm practices which directly impact kernel quality and post-harvest efficiency.

Industry Development Manager Update

2019 | Kojetin L | Article

An overview by the AMS industry development manager of the results of the 2019 harvest, which was characterised by a lower crop than was originally forecast and small nuts with lower TKR and kernel volume. The article discusses reasons for these results, including dry, hot weather early in the season affecting oil accumulation and tree stress.

Dry weather a challenge for growers at preharvest

2019 | Anon | Article

The 2018-19 growing season has been particularly dry in eastern Australia. Daniel Rollinson from Ace Ohlosson in Bangalow and Eddy Dunn provide from Total Grower Services in Bundaberg explain how this has affected pre-harvest preparation in their growing regions.

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