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BY ALISON JONES
So far all is looking good for the coming
season, after plenty of winter chill
continuing into spring. Flowering is
promising and the weather has been
conducive for bees to do their work.
Generally it is dry.
Michael Rouget, Koala Cherries (Cobram,
Yarck, Strathbogie): “The season is running
about normal; maybe a few days earlier
than last year. There was adequate
rainfall through July and August in Yarck/
Strathbogie with September being dry.
Cobram has been dry all winter. Water
storages are close to full. Bud load is good
on most varieties. Expect a full crop if good
spring conditions continue.”
Tim Jones, Wandin Valley Farms (North-
east Victoria, Wangaratta): “There has been
nice chill and good bloom. The conditions
have been drier than normal, bringing the
start of the irrigation forward. It is still too
early to give a crop forecast; however,
everything is looking good at this stage.
With the dry conditions and higher frost
activity than normal, we hope a late ‘snap’
frost does not occur.”
Chris Turnbull, Turnbull Brothers Orchards
(Shepparton, Ardmona, Tatura): “Winter chill
was reasonable and bloom has started on
the earlier varieties. A dry and sunny bloom
period will be the key to setting good crops
after a heavy crop last season. The winter
has been dry and irrigation has started. It is
expected that water allocation will reach
100 per cent by the end of the season for
the Goulburn system.”
Steve Chapman, Chappies Choice
(Wandin, Euroa): “We have had higher-
than-normal chill and adequate winter
rain. The trees and buds are looking good
and indicating a good production year.
Flowering has only just started; however,
early indications are that bloom timing
across different varieties may vary. Any
impact on fruit maturity timing would depend
on temperatures up until harvest. Many
Yarra Valley growers have registered for the
systems approach for Queensland fruit fly
management. We can only hope that a low
Australian dollar and consumer demand will
lead to high demand for Australian cherries.”
John Learmonth, Mount Gisborne
Cherries (Gisborne): “The season is running
four to seven days early based on long-term
observations. There is plenty of bud on
most varieties – perhaps not quite as much
as last year but by no means anywhere near
medium levels of some earlier years and a
lot better than we expected after last year’s
heavy crop load. The weather at present is
excellent for flower pollination. I feel given
the bureau’s medium-term forecast that this
should continue through flowering. There
has been a significant shortfall of rain so far
this calendar year. Although there has been
very little run-off to replenish dams, the soil
profile is wet and should provide a good
start to the 2018-19 season.”
Wishing a fruitful season to all.
Alison Jones is president of the Victorian
horticulture.com.au/grower-focus/cherry | Spring 2018
NEW SOUTH WALES
BY FIONA HALL
At the time of writing, Young finds itself in
full blossom, with Orange still up to two
weeks from blossom. Some long-overdue
rain recently fell in Orange, which missed
out on some of the breaks that Young
received through winter.
Orchard and pack-house audits for
protocol markets will be conducted in
late September. It was pleasing to see so
much interest, which was evident from
the record registrations in all districts.
Growers are very appreciative of the
work that the Australian Department of
Agriculture and Water Resources and
Cherry Growers Australia (CGA) have done
for access to China, with a protocol that
hopefully everyone can work towards.
Many growers travelled to – and also
exhibited at – another successful Asia Fruit
Logistica in Hong Kong in early September.
Growers and exporters exhibited either
independently or under the Taste Australia
brand of Hort Innovation.
CGA also had a stand to support
industry representatives with technical
information throughout the event.
Some growers continued their travels on
to Vietnam along with representatives of the
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI),
led by Dr Faye Haynes and Lloyd Kingham.
Meetings were held with importers and retail
chains, while several site visits in Hanoi, Ho
Chi Minh City and Da Nang were facilitated
NSW DPI has recently recruited its
replacement for Adam Coleman, the
temperate fruit development officer for the
Young and Orange districts, and supporting
Kevin Dodds in Tumut. The new officer will
be named soon and is expected to start
work in the new year.
Growers now look forward to a
prosperous season ahead.
Fiona Hall is president of the NSW
Cherry Growers Association.
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