Cost effective thinning for Nashi (desktop evaluation and grower workshops) (NA20000)
What’s it all about?
This project is identifying opportunities for the reduction in thinning and budding costs for the nashi industry through a desktop evaluation and engagement with industry. Recommendations for the prioritisation of any potential future R&D investments will be made at the project’s conclusion.
The project team is:
- Engaging with industry through a grower workshop to understand and document current thinning and budding practices and experience with alternative approaches in Australia.
- Undertaking a detailed desktop review of relevant literature on crop load management practices in nashi and related crops. This process will also involve engaging with experts from nashi-producing countries such as Japan, China and Korea.
- Identifying opportunities to reduce thinning and budding costs by analysing the information gained from the grower workshop and desktop review, as well as looking at the current strategies and alternative approaches used in related crops, international nashi production and emerging technologies.
- Prioritising recommendations for future R&D to reduce the cost of thinning and budding.
- Communicating the findings of this research to growers and the wider industry.
A workshop was conducted with growers over Zoom in August 2021. The workshop included participants from Victoria, WA and SA and provided an overview of the project and the purpose of the workshop. Topics covered included, current production practices, tree architecture and pruning, challenges of species mix in orchards, chemical thinning, mechanical thinning and the cost of hand thinning.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Nashi Fund.