Published in AMS News Bulletin Spring 2017 Edition
There has been a renewed focus on sprayer coverage and calibration this season with growers wanting to ensure the best possible start for the 2018 crop.
In the Gympie region, the appearance of early flower buds in some varieties coincided with Suncoast Gold’s pre-flower workshop in the first week of July. At the workshop, attended by more than 30 growers featured a detailed presentation on sprayer calibration by Tony Pashley from TP Industries of Bundaberg. Tony has extended his sprayer calibration service to the Gympie region and has the added insight of being a grower himself.
According to workshop organiser Megan Boote from Suncoast Gold Macadamias, a lot of growers had been asking about calibration services.
“To their credit, many growers have been very proactive in upgrading their spray units and getting their advisers and sprayer reps on farm to ensure everything is in order before the season starts,” she said.
The workshop was the first of a series of pre-flower workshops organised by Megan and was followed by workshops in the Bundaberg and Glasshouse Mountains regions.
At all three events Chris Fuller from Kin Kin Native Bees presented on the importance of pollination as well as drawing on his knowledge and experience as a pest scout in the region preparing the growers for the coming pest season.