Horticulture

Looking at orchard survival during drought

By Jamie Salter

A webinar held by Apple and Pear Australia will unpack findings on orchard survival during the millennium drought.

On-farm monitoring was undertaken in irrigated citrus, almonds, avocados and grape vines in the Riverland and Sunraysia throughout the millennium drought.

A research project undertaken by South Australian Research and Development Institute research scientist Mark Skewes investigated how growers’ actions affected the survival, productivity and recovery of orchards.

A 30-minute webinar will feature Mr Skewes, who will outline some of the techniques used by Riverland and Sunraysia growers.

These techniques include keeping trees alive with minimal water, opportunities for orchard renewal during drought and maintaining economic yield.

The webinar will also assess how actions during the drought can impact recovery of trees once water availability returns to normal levels.

Mr Skewes has worked at the Loxton Research Centre for 30 years, and has extensive experience in irrigation management — including irrigation scheduling, and soil and plant water monitoring.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 30 from 10 am to 10.30 am.

Registration is essential to access the online webinar session.

To register, visit: https://apal.org.au/events/webinar-managing-through-drought/

For more information, phone Apple and Pear Australia on 9329 3511.