HortCast E1

HortCast Episode 8 is hosted by Craig White - Market Development Agronomist for Bayer Crop Science Australia

Craig discusses the current state of play in the stone and pome fruit industries with award winning Horticultural Adviser Marcel Veens and Bayer Market Development Agronomist Troy Mulcahy.

In this episode

We discuss how the RIMPro disease and insect prediction model can be useful in assisting growers and advisers to optimise use of chemistry such as Vayego® Insecticide in protecting stone fruit, pome fruit, almonds and macadamias from pests like light brown apple moth, codling moth, various weevils, and carpophilus beetles (depending on crop type) to name a few.

Club apple varieties and emerging technologies are discussed in some detail, including the role of robots and drones for managing pests and diseases and manual tasks in orchards, as well as re-invigorating interest from young people to pursue a career in horticulture.

High Density planting and orchard block management configurations, with multiple leaders (~10,000 per ha) are very important in achieving high efficiency from emerging technology.

Consumer experience is very important as well as packaging innovation developments to drive consumption of healthier options like apples, and this has been seen in Europe, but not as much in Australia. We explore “Why is this so?”. If you have any ideas, get in touch, and let us know.

Marcel Veens (Horticultural Adviser)

Labels and Safety Data Sheets are available on the Bayer Crop Science website.

Some products mentioned may still be under development with an application for registration submitted. Such products will not be available for commercial use until APVMA registration approval is granted.


Connect with the Bayer Crop Science Team on Twitter:

Bayer Crop Science Australia @Bayer4CropsAU

Craig White (WA) @photobycw

Darren Alexander (SA) @darrenbayer2015

Aedan Gorman (Vic) @Aedos_33

Carmen Brown (QLD) @CarmenBrown_

Nick Matthews (QLD) @njmat2s

Ian McMaster (Vic) @AgMixmaster

Gus MacLennan (NSW) @gusmac05

Matt Willis (WA) @MattWillisAg

Richard Jackmann (QLD/NNSW) @rjjackman1

Tim Murphy (SA) @TimMurphyAg

(NOTE: During the recording of this podcast, Bayer staff are adhering to physical distancing, hygiene and other directives and procedures in relation to COVID-19. Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our customers, our employees, business partners and the communities in which we live and work. Bayer representatives are currently limiting their travel as per government and company guidelines. The Bayer Crop Science team are still available and keen to discuss agriculture and food production with you anytime. We will be looking at further ways that Bayer staff can continue to connect with the industry during the coming months.)

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