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Victorian Almond Trees Experience ‘Whole Orchard Recycling’

Article by: Hari Yellina To help prepare the area for fresh plants, a Victorian almond producer is burying entire 30-year-old trees. In a method known as entire orchard recycling, which has been embraced in the United States, the chipped-up lumber will be absorbed back into the soil. Neale Bennett, a long-time almond grower, said he had […]


High Cholesterol? Bring it Down Now!

Article by: Hari Yellina Heart disease is a critical illness that causes disability and death all around the world. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the largest cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). CVDs claimed the lives of 17.9 million individuals worldwide in 2019, accounting for 32% of all deaths. According to […]


Hydroponic Tomatoes: The Complete Overview

Article by: Hari Yellina In the height of summer, nothing beats the taste, texture, and rich juiciness of a freshly picked tomato. We’re all aware of the benefits and trends of eating seasonally, but by utilising the technology used in hydroponic growing practises, we can enjoy high-quality tomatoes all year long and avoid those that […]


Macadamias Slowly Bouncing Back

Article by: Hari Yellina When a surge of water swept across Robbie Commens’ macadamia farm in East Wardell, near Ballina in Northern NSW, he estimated that nearly half of his orchard had been destroyed, resulting in millions of dollars in losses. Three weeks later, the picture is much brighter; but, Mr Commens has lowered the […]


Loxton Fruitfly Outbreak: A Major Blow

Article by: Hari Yellina After Qld fruit fly maggots were discovered in the area this week, limits on the movement of fruit and vegetables near Loxton are currently in place, with limitations throughout the Riverland in effect until at least mid-November. The latest red zone in the Riverland is now one of four, with workers from […]


Greenhouse Commodities are growing in Demand

Article by: Hari Yellina Commodities account for two-thirds of Australia’s total export value. The terms of trade, the Australian dollar, national income, and aggregate demand are all influenced by the prices of these commodities. A deeper knowledge of the underlying determinants of commodity price shifts – supply and demand – can help us predict how […]


Extending Shelf Life a Critical Issue

Article by: Hari Yellina Amongst all of the issues haunting the agriculture industry, a major global issue is a lack of shipping capacity. Container delays are causing problems for traders in numerous areas. Extending the shelf life of crops and preserving their freshness are critical, as is reducing fresh produce waste. Cathy is the sales manager […]


Recap: Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival 2022

Article by: Hari Yellina The Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival in Queensland has once again demonstrated the importance of the town’s fruit-growing tradition. From February 25 to March 6, large crowds flocked to the town for a ‘grape time,’ participating in events such as the grape crushing championships, the longest apple peeling championships, the […]


Floods Wreak Havoc on Macadamia Crops

Article by: Hari Yellina In recent days, heavy rain and flooding have wreaked havoc on macadamia plantations. Although preliminary projections have been made, it is yet impossible to estimate the magnitude of the damage. Severe storms in New South Wales’ growing regions resulted in crop losses at the start of the year, but Queensland producers […]


Soybean Prices on the Rise

Article by: Hari Yellina As the calendar approaches the southern hemisphere harvest, Australian soybean producers will benefit from near-record worldwide soybean prices. Soybeans, like all agricultural commodities, have enjoyed significant rises since the commencement of the Ukraine conflict. While soybeans are not a common crop in Russia or Ukraine, the two countries are major sunflower […]


Absurd Road Law Leads to Deregulation of Potato Industry

The statute that originally restricted the transport of more than 50 kilogrammes of potatoes is one of Australia’s most enigmatic traffic restrictions. When the potato business in Western Australia was deregulated in 2016, the obscure potato law was repealed. Until then, a special potato inspector had the authority to search any vehicle on reasonable suspicion […]


Neighbours Stuck in Jam over Sharing of Fruit Harvest

Article by: Hari Yellina Authorities have proposed a creative new method for people to exchange fruit without attracting hungry fruit flies. Instead, make jam. Critics have already dubbed it a “back of the beer coaster” solution to end the time-honored practise of neighbours trading extra fruit and vegetables. The majority of neighbourhood Facebook groups feature […]


Citrus Growers Advised not to Wait for Ag Visa

Article by: Hari Yellina Citrus growers have been advised not to rely on the Australian ag visa as a resolution to the labour crisis this season. The ag visa could take a year to fully execute, according to attendees at the Citrus Technical Forum 2022 on the Sunshine Coast on March 8 and 9. Growers […]


Farm Inputs Push Market Prices Higher

Article by: Hari Yellina Officials in the agricultural community have been swamped with requests for comment from a variety of well-intentioned media attempting to make a link between the recent disastrous rain and flood event in Queensland and NSW and rising fresh produce prices for customers over the last week. They are of the opinion […]


Global Overview: Mandarins

Article by: Hari Yellina The current state of the worldwide mandarin market is highly reliant on where one looks. Some major producing nations have had more luck than others, with Australia anticipating a big crop, while North America, Italy, and Spain are all suffering from bad weather throughout their growing seasons. Though sales are generally favourable […]


Environmental Factors Affecting Almond Crops

Article by: Hari Yellina Almond growers are concerned about wind and cold weather, as they analyse the damage caused by highs and then lows that froze flowers. The producers are still reviewing the damage caused by highs and then lows that froze flowers, and wind and freezing temperatures added insult to injury. When you consider […]


Strawberries Flourish with the Help of AI

Article by: Hari Yellina The main goal of an Australian Research Council Research Hub is to utilise artificial intelligence to boost farming production and disease control. In 2018, the centre won $5 million in funding from the Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Research Program. The Hub brings together world-class skills in image processing, machine learning, robotics, […]


Australian Citrus Industry Rewarded for its Achievements

Article by: Hari Yellina At the Citrus Technical Forum Awards Dinner, Citrus Australia inducted two additional members of the industry into the Hall of Fame: Robert Lochert and Russell Witcombe. This year’s Citrus Technical Forum, which FreshPlaza attended, drew around 350 people from throughout the Australian citrus industry to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Robert Lochert and […]


Dried Fruits Australia Announces Winners

Article by: Hari Yellina With the national association presenting new prizes for its top farmers based on commercial considerations, dried grape growers will be clearing space on the mantelpiece. Dried Fruits Australia (DFA) is launching the 2022 DFA Top Crop Categories this season, which will recognise and reward enterprises who produce the greatest value crop […]


As Brisbane Markets Reopen, Growers Assess Damage

Article by: Hari Yellina Trading resumed in a limited capacity at the flood-damaged Brisbane Markets early yesterday morning after a significant clean-up. Wholesalers worked around the clock on Tuesday (February 1) to guarantee buyers had access to fresh food by opening on Wednesday morning. As the waters recede, a better image of what will be […]