Industry Resources

MacAlert June 2023

2023 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

Key messages this month include: • We are heading into the peak pest and disease monitoring period. The impacts of this year’s weather conditions need to be factored into your management. • There is still time to adjust nutrition before flowering, so discuss your soil/leaf sampling results with your consultant and develop a nutrition program. • With current prices, the incentive to harvest and its cost are being weighed by each grower. Your grower liaison can help sample in blocks you aren’t sure are worth picking up. • Do you understand how kernel assessments on samples from your consignments are conducted and what this means for grower payments? The AMS is holding kernel assessment workshops. • Winter is the best time to prepare your farm for the fire risk season ahead. • Are you ready for spray activities over the next few months?

AMS News Bulletin Winter 2023

2023 | Kojetin L, Alt S, Bright J, Jones K, Akinsanmi F, Maddox C, Price J, Elley S, Hamilton-Bate C, Burgess R, Mohankumar V, Rogiers S | News Bulletin

Challenging market conditions continue
Leoni’s orchard rounds
MCT: MCT1 a hit with growers and beyond
Letter to the Editor: Do you have a future in macadamias?
Kernel assessment workshops
Macadamia Grower Guide: what is it, what’s happening and what is available now?
The global macadamia market: top ten facts
Navigating industry challenges
The importance of post-harvest management to kernel quality
Financial and other support for growers
Green shoots of recovery after floods
Managing pests and diseases: practical tips
Monitoring and good management keys to discouraging insect pests
Your levies at work
Growers asked to collect predator samples
Status and gaps in knowledge of ‘BOT’ disease in macadamias
Project to help recovery from inundation
Latest national map of macadamia orchards completed and online
Expert panel explores food trend research in live online trade event
Native bees – key to orchard resilience
Hort360 Phase 2 – get involved
Recreational fishing, healthy habitat and macadamias

MacAlert May 2023

2023 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

Key Messages this month include: After months of above average rainfall, assess Phytophthora levels in your orchard. There are a number of ways to plan crop inputs for the season ahead, soil and leaf sampling and crop load assessment. When purchasing organic matter, do you know what you are purchasing? Heading into winter, monitor weather conditions for frost and apply frost protectant if required. Have you considered tree shaking? There are a range of efficiency and orchard health benefits. Continue to audit harvest efficiency and make adjustments as required in the orchard and shed. This season might be the time to consider major canopy rejuvenation if you have the reserves to do so. Analysis of consignment reports is most helpful when done block by block and can direct rationalisation with current farm gate prices. The BOM predicts a likely return to El Nino conditions over the coming months.

Post-harvest NIS assessment guide

2023 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

This guide is designed to help you identify nut in shell defects and their causes. It also lists control measures most commonly used to help manage problems in the orchard that cause defects.

MacAlert April 2023

2023 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

Key messages this month include: • Uninterrupted processes and machinery performance are essential during harvest. • Harvest regularly at least every three weeks aiming for > 90% pick up. • Kernel quality relies on actively managing moisture and heat in stored nuts. • Soil sampling is the best way to understand trends in key soil properties and nutrient levels, while leaf sampling gives a within-tree view of nutrient status at a phenological stage. • Organic Inputs. It may seem early, but now is the time to determine what organic amendments you will be applying immediately after harvest. • Controlling vertebrate pests is essential during nut drop. • Are you analysing on-farm crop loss? • With lower farm gate prices have you considered rejuvenating canopy management?

How on-farm handling can impact macadamia quality (Feb 2023 MacGroup)

2023 | Wallace H | Video

Do you have capacity to hold and dry nuts on farm if there are delays or difficulties within the delivery system this season? At the February 2023 AMS MacGroup, post-harvest specialist Prof. Helen Wallace (Griffith University) outlined what we know about brown centres, on-farm post-harvest handling, and importantly how post-harvest handling impacts quality defects.

Driving demand for Australian macadamias in 2023 (Feb 2023 MacGroup)

2023 | Price J | Video

With 80% of macadamias exported and global supply now increasing at a faster rate than demand, generating additional demand for macadamias is now more critical than ever. At the MacGroup, Australian Macadamias’ market development manager Jacqui Price outlined how the Australian macadamia marketing program is working to increase the use of Australian grown macadamias as an ingredient and inspiring consumers to experience our native nut.

Navigating a challenging season – Grower discussions (Feb 2023 MacGroup)

2023 | Australian Macadamia Society, QDAF | Video

At the February 2023 AMS MacGroups, local growers and industry representatives who had experienced challenging seasons in the past shared how they managed, what worked and what didn’t, how to rationalise your operations, what to prioritise and how to maximise efficiencies and make adjustments across all aspects of production including nutrition, harvest management, labour and post-harvest handling.

Australian macadamia industry benchmarking insights 2022-2027 (Feb 2023 MacGroup)

2023 | Australian Macadamia Society, QDAF | Video

At the February 2023 AMS MacGroups, the QDAF Benchmarking team (Shane Mulo and Grant Bignell) provided an overview of benchmarking results and trends from previous seasons and what these mean for growers.

MacAlert March 2023

2023 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

Key messages this month include: • Wet weather has been perfect breeding conditions for insects such as moths that can impacts flush and nuts. • Are you seeing signs of thrip and mite or monolepta beetle damage on new flush? Chat to your consultant about whether control is required. • Rats control relies on proactively keeping the population down. • Phytophthora translated to it’s original Greek means “plant destroyer”. Now is the time to assess it’s impact in your orchard with a new, simple severity scale. • Long term productivity relies on consistent nutrition but low farm gate prices may mean you need adjustments. • Orchard floor preparation is not the only clean up required prior to harvest, infrastructure cleaning is required. • There are major benefits to completing a crop loss assessment on all loads coming into the shed. • Are there ways to reduce your harvest period and set the orchard up for the following season sooner? • Don’t miss the deadline for grant applications and fund acquittals.

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