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Graetz, Kym Green, Tony Hannaford, David
Leonard, Nick Noske, Ian Sparnon and
Grant Wotton – for their support and input,
and to the promotion subcommittee for our
Cherry Map and press releases and media
promotions. At our recent AGM all of our
serving members were re-elected, along
with new executive member Joe Ceravolo.
My thanks go to the CGA board and
state representatives once again for their
work, support and willingness to work
together for a common goal. You all have
been a pleasure to work with.
I would also like to thank the APGASA,
E.E. Muir & Sons and DJ’s Growers for
their cross-industry support and working
Andrew Flavell is president of the
Cherry Growers Associaton of South Australia Inc.
BY ANDREW FLAVELL
The past year has again been challenging.
After a long, dry season, South Australia has
experienced an extremely wet autumn and
winter, so dams and water supplies are all
well charged ready for this coming season.
The past year saw the Cherry Growers
Association of South Australia Inc (CGASA)
produce its ‘Cherry Map’ guide to cherry
events, orchards and ‘pick-your-own’
activities, as well as its very successful
app Fresh Cherries. Thanks go to those
involved in its production, particularly
the Mayne family. The Maynes have now
moved on to full-time retirement and we
wish them all the best. Plans are underway
for the new season’s map – thanks to all
those who have volunteered to carry on
producing the map for our industry.
The Cherry Growers Association
of South Australia held its traditional
pre and post-harvest meetings, along
with the national levy review and social
event. These all proved to be successful
thank you to those who participated.
The association has continued to work
with local councils and sought to gain a
better understanding of the Adelaide Hills
UNESCO World Heritage bid.
The Apple & Pear Growers Association
of South Australia (APGASA), Strawberries
SA and CGASA are working closely with
the Department of Primary Industries and
Regions, South Australia, to develop our
bid for a pest-free area. This has been
productive, however, it has been a slow
The CGASA has also engaged APGASA
CEO Susie Green on a part-time basis as an
executive officer, to facilitate a better level
of coordination, professionalism and as a
point of contact for the association.
Thanks to the existing CGASA executive
committee – Garry Beaton, John Caldicott,
Simon Cornish, Glyndon Flavell, Darren
BY ALISON JONES
Growing regions across Victoria have been
experiencing similar conditions this season.
Below is a snapshot of a few growers’
perspectives, albeit an early one.
North-east Victoria Tim Jones
It has been extremely wet with cooler
spring conditions than the previous year. It
is expected to be a slightly later start to the
season compared with the past few years.
Cobram/Yarck area Michael Rouget
Wet! Only medium bud levels across most
varieties, and a mild winter and cool spring
conditions so far are all leaning towards
a lighter, probably medium crop. Bud
break was about five to seven days earlier
than last year, but the lack of any warmer
weather since has slowed this early start.
It is still a slightly early season, however.
Fruit size may be slightly up due to a
lighter crop and adequate moisture levels.
Dams are mostly full, or close to it, and wet
ground may affect some orchards but not
significantly. Early indications on export
demand are optimistic. There seems to
be more interest in cherries, which could
be a result of positive export results from
Australian citrus and grapes, plus a lower
Shepparton area Chris Turnbull
It is too early to predict crops, however, low
chill over winter and continued wet weather
is pointing towards a below-average crop
in the Goulburn Valley.
Euroa/Wandin Steve Chapman
Given the cool spring my guess is that it
will be a lighter-than-average crop, and
not an early harvest.
Gisborne John Learmonth
Wet, wet, wet. Not as many flower buds as
last year, but still a reasonable amount.
Alison Jones is president of the
Victorian Cherry Association.
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