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Ongoing project

Avocado industry development and extension (AV17005)

Key research provider: The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

What’s it all about?

This extension project is responsible for delivering a range of events and resources to help the avocado industry access, understand and implement best practice information. This includes information from current and previous Hort Innovation Avocado Fund R&D investments. The ultimate goal is to help improve orchard productivity, fruit quality and overall profitability.

Project activities include…

  • Delivery of face-to-face events spanning regional forums, workshops for new growers and resellers, advanced management workshops and study tours

  • Engagement with wholesalers to extend information on fruit handling best practice and other industry information

  • The supply of information to industry consultants, for further distribution to industry

  • Reviewing of key industry practices and scientific literature

The project is also responsible for delivering hard copy and online resources for growers, including…

  • Avo Alert emails – monthly reminders sent to all growers, specific to each major production region, providing prompts about the orchard activities that should be considered in that particular month and the month ahead

  • An updated Avocado Problem Solver Field Guide

  • New and updated content for the industry’s Best Practice Resource (BPR), as well as new online forum for Q&As within the BPR

  • Instructional posters and videos

  • Information on phenological cycles for new varieties and production regions.

ACT NOW

For more information, contact Avocados Australia Industry Development Manager Liz Singh at idm@avocado.org.au or on 0499 854 111 (Mon-Thurs), or Simon Newett at the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries at simon.newett@daf.qld.gov.au or on 07 5381 1326

The project is progressing well including the following activities…

  • Forums were held from late-2019 to early-2020 across five regions to provide industry insights to growers. Topics such as root rot, nutrition, irrigation, flowering, pollination, heat, drought management and fruit retention.
  • One AvoSkills Foundation Workshop was held in early 2020 in Western Australia. The two-day workshop was attended by 60 avocado industry participants and covered the basics of avocado agronomy and an introduction to best management practices.
  • Five capital city market meetings were held to keep wholesalers, ripeners and market-based personnel aware of industry trends and the latest findings to improve fruit quality through avocado supply chains.
  • Since September 2019, seven sets of monthly Avo Alerts have been produced and distributed to keep growers informed on industry news and to reinforce key management practices from a grower perspective.
  • The next two Regional Forums will be conducted as virtual events due to current COVID-1 related restrictions.
  • The World Avocado Congress in Colombia and the Californian Avocado Study Tours were held in September 2019 which involved a range of industry presentations, networking events and the opportunity to expand industry knowledge through study tours and visits.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, the Advanced Management Workshop on irrigation has been postponed to August-2020 and is still under discussion whether it will be presented as a virtual event.

ACT NOW

A large amount of material including regional forum minutes and presentations, Avo Alerts, course material from the AvoSkills events, reports from the recent attendance at the World Avocado Congress, and reports on field tours in Colombia and California can be accessed through the Best Practice Resource (BPR). Log in or create an account to access resources.

See a video on the effective application of phosphorous acid  in protecting your avocado trees from Phytophthora root rot.

Access international avocado research articles in two Talking Avocados editions, which provide a snapshot on pest, nutrition and postharvest topics. See Spring 2019 edition on p54-56 and the Summer 2020 edition p63-66.