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Holistic management the key to Koolboo production

2017 | Anon | Case Study

Bundaberg Sugar has four orchards in the Bundaberg region totalling 330 ha. In the last four years, it has increased production on its Koolboo macadamia orchard from 175 t in 2013 to 480 t in 2016. Last year’s result was significant in that it tipped production over 5.4 t NIS/ha and over 2 t SK/ha. Sean Cox describes his management strategies that are contributing to this production growth.

Abandoned orchard becomes one of NSW’s top producers

2017 | Commens R | Case Study

Phil and Nicki Primrose bought their already established orchard at Woodford Island in mid-2009, and started work on it in 2011. The orchard was run down – it had not been harvested for the previous three years and no orchard improvement works such as fertilising, pruning or composting had been done. They took the orchard from this state to being one of the highest producing orchards in NSW in the 2014 season. This case study describes the management decisions taken in rejuvenating the property.

Careful management promotes excellence on non-traditional orchard site

2017 | Commens R | Case Study

Stewart and Salina Edmonds describe their approach to managing their Caniaba macadamia orchard.

Foundation for reducing rejects laid before harvest

2017 | Anon | Case Study

In the 2016 Macadamia State of Origin awards, Bundaberg’s Red Rock Macadamias took out the gong for the lowest level of rejects (54 kg/ha) in the Large Grower category. Given that 2016 was a difficult year for quality in the region, owner Jason Klotz was surprised that he was able to achieve such a low level of rejects. The main focus has been soil health, nutrients and soil moisture as we judged those to be the priorities.

Management from the ground up key to orchard performance

2017 | Currey A, Epplett N | Case Study

After starting out in the macadamia industry just five years ago, in 2016 Dymock’s Group Farming Manager Chris Cook led his farming team to victory in the Large Grower category in the AMS State of Origin awards.

Integrated Orchard Nutrition (ION)

2017 | - | Fact Sheet

Integrated orchard nutrition (ION) works together with integrated orchard management (IOM) to maximise profits and production for macadamia orchards. It is important to establish an effective IOM program before considering how an ION program could assist in further improving and maximising results.

Macadamia fact sheet - for use of sugar mill organic amendment byproducts in composts and for direct application to orchards

2017 | Anon | Fact Sheet

The AMS has worked with Sunshine Sugar (NSW Sugar) to gain access to carbon and organic matter rich byproducts of the sugar milling process. The products available are mill mud, mill ash and a combination of these two products known as mill mud:ash.

Best practice soil management benefits Sunshine Coast macadamia farm

2016 | Anon | Case Study

Soil management is the focus of a new video case study released this month by Growcom’s Hort360 program, the best management practice program for horticulture.

Case study on three orchards who have increased production, improved orchard health and reduce erosion using IOM

2016 | Alt S, Bright J | Case Study

Scott Allcott and Dave Harris from Macadamia Farm Management, Noel Paine and Warren and Beverley Phelps describe their approach to IOM and the results achieved on their macadamia orchards.

Controlling water flow and orchard drainage

2016 | Langfield K | Case Study

Steve and Shirley Modra have 20 ha of 334 and 816 trees in their Corndale orchard near Lismore. They found that managing drainage and the flow of water had become a significant issue. Intense weather events were causing erosion in natural drainage lines where trees were planted, and sheet erosion on long or steeper slopes was resulting in eroded drainage lines and exposed tree roots.

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