Horticulture

Sharing new research

By Country News

A stonefruit research roadshow will be travelling to the region next month, with growers across the Goulburn-Murray region to hear about the latest Agriculture Victoria research.

Undertaken at Tatura and the Centre for AgriBioscience in Melbourne, the research is a part of the Profitable Stonefruit Research Program.

Agriculture Victoria senior research scientist Mark O’Connell said the roadshow was an opportunity to meet with growers and industry to discuss the latest results.

‘‘These roadshows have been held annually since 2016 and previous participants have confirmed they want to know more about how to best manage their orchards for high-quality fruit that meets the preferences of consumers,’’ Dr O’Connell said.

‘‘One of our key presenters, Christine Frisina, is completing her PhD on harvest maturity impacting fruit quality and will report her interesting findings.’’

This year’s roadshow presenters and topics include an industry update presented by Summerfruits Australia chief executive officer Trevor Ranford, harvest maturing impacting fruit quality presented by Agriculture Victoria’s Christine Frisina and irrigation management impacts on fruit quality presented by Dr O’Connell.

Observations from monitoring export fruit by sea and air freight presented by Agriculture Victoria’s Glenn Hale, stonefruit cultivar performance during export and predicting shelf life presented by Agriculture Victoria’s John Lopresti and new fruit-quality monitoring technology presented by Agriculture Victoria’s Dario Stefanelli will also be featured at the event.

The free event will be held in Swan Hill and Cobram.

■Swan Hill will host the event from 7pm on Wednesday, August 14, at the Murray Downs Gold and Country Club at Murray Downs Dve, Murray Downs in NSW.

■Cobram will host the event from 7pm on Thursday, August 15, at the Grand Central Hotel at 36 Punt Rd, Cobram.

■For more information phone Mark Hincksman on 0437 254 913 or email: mark.hincksman@ecodev.vic.gov.au