Progress report: Orchard of the Future

Wiehann Steyn, Xolani Sibosa, and Dane McDonald

Nearly seven years ago HORTGRO Science challenged the apple industry through its Orchard of the Future (OoF) project. The project encouraged orchard designs that were novel, ‘outside of the box’, and pushed the limits of conventional fruit production systems. The goals were to inspire industry to utilise more […]

ZZ2’s Hendrik Pohl joins ‘Orchard of the Future’ pack

Dane McDonald

In 2016 apple grower, Hendrik Pohl from ZZ2, joined the Orchard of the Future project with his Bokveldskloof orchard block. The goals for Pohl’s orchard are ambitious and seek to demonstrate the interplay between rootstock and planting density in terms of cost and meeting production goals. HORTGRO Science spoke to Hendrik about his […]

European Tour – October 2014 – Apple Orchards

In October 2014 Peter Dall put together a technical tour of Europe and Eastern Europe, with the primary objective of visiting apple orchards. Poland was one of the highlights of the tour.  As Poland is the 4th largest producer of apples in the world, South Africans have had very little exposure to this country. This […]

DELAYED FOLIATION ON POME AND STONE FRUIT AND ITS CONTROL BY CHEMICAL REST-BREAKING AGENTS

Lack of winter chilling in the majority of South Africa’s deciduous fruit growing areas, is the primary cause of the phenomenon called delayed foliation. The severity of the symptoms is related to fruit kind, cultivar, growing area, orchard slope and the number of chilling units accumulated during the winter months.

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ADJUVANTS AND APPLICATION DATE OF CALCIUM NITRATE SPRAYS EFFECT ‘GOLDEN DELICIOUS’ FRUIT CALCIUM CONCENTRATION

Lötze1, M. North2 and J. Joubert1

1Dept. of Horticultural Science, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602.

2ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, Private Bag X 5026, Stellenbosch 7599.

 

Summary

Our export apple producers must apply calcium (Ca) sprays to reduce the incidence of the Ca deficiency-related physiological disorder bitter pit.  Conflicting reports exist as to the optimal timing of these […]

BOLLWORM MANAGEMENT IN APPLE ORCHARDS

K.L. Pringle & J.M. Heunis. Fruitgro Science seconded to the Department of Conservation Ecology & Entomology, Faculty of AgriSciences, University of Stellenbosch.

 

During the spring to early summer of 2011 the African bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera, was very active and caused a lot of damage in a number of deciduous fruit orchards. In this article the […]

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