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Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
UPDATE: APRIL 2015
Fruit drop prevention and
calyx maintenance using 2-4-D
Customers expect a green
calyx still to be attached to
the fruit as an indication of
The presence of a calyx
also limits stem-end drying
and the susceptibility to post
For this reason growers
must endeavour to present
their fruit to the shed with
The application of 2-4-D
(e.g. Stop-drop, Cit-Tite etc.) is
used to slow the development
of the abscission layer of the
calyx, hence preventing prema-
ture fruit drop and preserving
the calyx on the fruit.
Spray timing is usually the
first week in May for lengs
and the first week in June for
Washington navels. This spray
may be applied together with
GA sprays if GA is required at
that time to extend the harvest
However, the use of GA
at the time of full colour may
affect future crop load. A
second 2-4-D spray application
may be required if the fruit is
to be held late.
Application rates of 2-4-D
spays must be recorded in
the grower's spray diary for
each patch treated, to ensure
traceability of chemical appli-
Do not apply stop drop
after mid-June or spring flush
as flowering may be affected.
Imperials helps minimise water
marks and puffiness.
Growers are urged to seek
professional advice prior to any
GA or Stop Drop application.
This harvest management
tool can be used to extend the
navel harvest season:
Colour break - Winter
Navels @ 10ppm GA Appli-
cation. Apply to half of large
blocks for maximum delay
of rind aging. This will delay
colour for 20-30 days and
could cause uneven coloura-
tion if harvested too early.
Apply GA to the other half of
the block at 10% hard green -
50% colour break GA applica-
This will delay colour for
10-15 days (too immature for
Avoid applying GA on
Mandarins, tangelos and
large winter navel blocks/late
harvest is subject to winter GA.
Factors to consider/avoid
when applying early autumn
May further delay colour
development in blocks with
high nitrogen and potassium
More prone to developing
oleocellosis. Fruit needs to be
picked and handled carefully.
Do not apply to un-
healthy, water stressed or
logged trees or in hot/wet/
dewy conditions; allow trees to
Do not apply with other
chemicals (the only exception
is stop-drop sprays).
Do not apply GA for 3-4
weeks after a copper or oil
Always calibrate your
sprayer to ensure good fruit
Water application rates
for tree size are: small 5000
L/ha, medium 7500 L/ha and
large 10 000 L/ha.
For autumn sprays raise
before adding GA to the tank.
Buffer if required.
Do not add additional
spreader if an acidifying agent
is used as it normally contains
Fruit intended for de-green-
ing must have good colour
break, with hard green only
permitted on the shoulder.
Fruit must be handled with
special care to prevent any
injuries as the de-greening
process may increase the
risk of mould infection. Water
stressed trees at harvest will
result in calyx loss during the
de-greening process. Oil sprays
applied three weeks prior to
harvest will affect Ethylene's
ability to evenly colour fruit.
Timely hints on orchard
Copper application by
Orchard practices for
FRW control should have been
Review fertigation injec-
Start irrigation mainte-
We urge everyone who is
available to come along to
Citrus Australia's SA Regional
Forum to get an update on
industry issues. Details are as
At Waikerie Golf Club
(Playford Road, Waikerie) on
Wednesday, April 8, from 9am
tea and lunch will be provided.
The CASAR committee looks
forward to seeing you there.
The latest edition of the
Australian Citrus News (ACN)
is out now. This magazine is
distributed free of charge to all
Australian commercial citrus
growers. Subscribe to Austra-
lian Citrus News here.
If you have questions
about anything in this week's
column or an issue that you
would like discussed please
contact: CASAR chairman Con
tralia.com.au or CASAR IDO
Sam Rogers 0477 110 933
or email me at sam.rogers@
Recent articles in wine media suggest there
is cause for guarded optimism in regard to a
wine industry recovery.
There have been positive reports about
international marketing events, which is im-
portant because it is recovery in some of our
traditional markets that will pave the way for
recovery of the industry.
Some of these headlines include:
New on-trade campaign to highlight Aussie
A new campaign dubbed, 'The Wonderful
Wines of Aus' (no tin men, lions nor Judy Gar-
land but possibly a straw man or two) is aimed
to promote premium Australian wine with Ab-
original art, fine Australian food in structured
food and wine tastings through marketing firm
D&D in London. It is intended to demonstrate
Australia's different regions and "lesser known
This is in line with the previously reported
marketing focus on the Australian Grape and
Wine Authority (AGWA) focusing on the power
of marketing premium wines lifting the Aus-
tralian category as a whole. Riverland Wine
producers are well positioned in this regard
with the region's wide range of alternate and
Read more at: http://www.harpers.co.uk/
Australian wine a stand-out performer at
Prowein is the premier global get-together
for international bulk wine traders and is held
in Dusseldorf, Germany.
In previous years Australian representation
has been wanting, albeit stoically supported
by Riverland companies. In this current year
39 Australian producers (still not enough it
could be said, but an improvement) including
Riverland producers, exhibited to an estimat-
ed 52,000 international trade visitors. The
Australian stand was very popular, with events
such as a masterclass and feature tastings
North America 'savours' Australian wine
Australia was the 'theme country' of the
recent Vancouver International Wine Festival
(VIWF), and it is estimated that 25,000 con-
sumers enjoyed the Australian exhibit.
The trade presence was followed by positive
articles in the North American press, and sup-
ports the faith in savour as a highly effective
The importance of this development cannot
be overstated, as Australian market presence in
North America waned following the increased
value of the local currency and global financial
While it may take some time for the im-
proved interest in markets to flow through to
orders, then to wine value, and to improved
value of wine grapes these are all positive signs
for the future and a welcome change from neg-
ative industry stories in recent times.
Riverland Wine will be convening shed
meetings next month for members.
The meetings will include a demonstration
of technical tools being developed for growers;
an update of issues currently affecting the
industry, and a review of progress against the
The meetings dates and venues are as
Monday, April 20: Wursts' shed, 75 D
Channel Road, Waikerie
Tuesday April 21: Chabrels' shed, McKen-
zie Road, Barmera
Wednesday April 22: Rosenzweigs' shed,
249 Katarapko Crescent, Winkie
Thursday April 23: Kingston Estates'
shed, Murtho Road, Renmark
Friday April 24: Linton Proud's shed, Ala-
mein Road, Loxton North
All meetings will commence at 3pm and will
be followed by a barbecue, samples of River-
land wines and soft drinks.
Attendance is free for all members of Riv-
erland Wine. Please put one of these dates in
your diary NOW.
For catering purposes, those planning to
attend need to register with Kate at Riverland
Wine, phone 8584 5816 or email admin@
QUEEN PREFERS RIVERLAND
Matt Major, the owner of the Murray River
Queen, is delighted that five Riverland wineries
have been quick out of the blocks to support
proposed cellar door facilities as part of the
Queen's new role if her relocation to Renmark,
reported in last Friday's Pioneer, gets the green
The cellar door, to be known as Water 'n'
Wine, has already received commitments
from Angove's Family Winemakers (selected
Riverland wines), Banrock Station (Riverland
Mediterranean range), 919 Wines, Oak Works
and Bassham Wines.
Matt remains hopeful that Tony and Pam
Barich's Whistling Kite and Blanchetown's
Burke Salter Wines will also become part of the
Queen's fine wines list.
Riverland Wine's executive officer Chris
Byrne said: "Well done Matt Major for taking
this initiative. The association was disappoint-
ed to miss out on an application for cluster
funding last year to build a business case for
outlets across the region featuring Riverland
wines and food products exclusively. Locals and
visitors alike have expressed disappointment at
being unable to purchase local wines and food
products easily. This is a bold step in the right
direction. We wish him well."
RIVERLAND WINE AND FOOD
Planning has begun for this year's Riverland
Wine and Food Festival scheduled for Saturday,
October 17, on the lawns overlooking the river
Event manager Kelly Wright said: "She
hopes the 2015 program will include a Wine
Up event on the Friday evening and a new-look
Wine Down event on Sunday. Once again the
emphasis will be on this region's fine wines
It promises to be another fun weekend in
This column will provide updates as plans
unfold and Kelly will keep the social media
channels buzzing up to and throughout the
JAPANESE buyers are displaying renewed
interest in purchasing Australian almond
products following the recent free-trade
agreement between the two countries.
A small delegation of Japanese buyers visited
Almondco Australia last month to finalise the de-
tails around the first shipments of almonds they
purchased for 2015.
Almondco group sales and marketing manager
Tim Jackson said the Japanese market was one of
the most demanding in the world.
However, he said the recent free-trade agree-
ment (FTA) and the ongoing uncertainty around
almond production in drought-stricken Califor-
nia had sparked renewed interest in Almondco's
"We have certainly fielded a lot more enquiries
than in previous seasons," said Mr Jackson.
"The Japanese demand a high quality product
and the 2015 season looks like producing the type
of quality that will allow us to meet these expecta-
tions and prove ourselves.
"We have been working hard at establishing
long-term relationships in this market with the
help of our Food SA representative
Tim Tanaka and are hopeful last week's visit is
the start of something we can build on."
Mr Jackson said Almondco had maintained
a presence in the Japanese market for almost 20
years, however the level of interest had grown
following an Australian almond industry presen-
tation at a trade fair in Tokyo earlier this month.
"It is a mature market with an appreciation
for quality products and that mindset fits hand
in hand with the Almondco mantra about maxi-
mising returns to growers by producing premium
quality products," he said.
"We know that other South Australian food pro-
ducers have had great success in this market via
their membership with FoodSA and we are well
placed to follow suit."
Mr Jackson said recent FTAs in Korea and
China would also help the Australian almond in-
dustry build profiles in these markets.
"Almondco will export product to
almost 40 countries this season," he said.
"The lower Australian dollar along with an ongo-
ing imbalance between supply and demand, and
world pricing should result in Almondco growers
receiving record returns for their 2015 crops."
ALMONDCO'S Craig Simes (centre) with a
delegation of Japanese almond growers.
PHOTO: Will Slee
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