Pineapple integrated crop protection program (PI17001)
What’s it all about?
Contracted at the end of 2018, this investment will bring information on integrated crop protection to Australian pineapple growers, to help the industry achieve higher yields and produce high-quality fruit with lower production costs and a reduction in the use of pesticides. It will also facilitate information exchange with and between growers, pineapple industry advisers, chemical company representatives and the broader supply chain.
Activities are set to include integrated crop protection workshops; updating of the industry’s best practice manual; production of materials including videos and fact sheets; the use of on-farm demonstration sites; and research into pineapple plant nutrition and pest and disease management.
The project will also deliver the quarterly industry Pineapple Press e-newsletter, a website and annual industry field days.
The project team have made progress in the following areas.
Thirteen demonstration trial sites have been secured and established, covering each of the five research topics namely:
- Site selection and drainage
- Ground preparation, fallow management, and bed formation
- Pre- and post-plant nutrition management
- Integrated pest and disease management
- Management of erosion and sedimentation.
Three grower workshops were well attended, held in North Queensland, Central Queensland and Wide Bay regions.
An educational video on how to minimise bruising through correct fruit handling during harvest operation has been produced and will be finalised shortly. Once released it will be uploaded to the Queensland Agriculture YouTube channel and the link sent to all growers and made available via the Australian Pineapples website.
Two copies of the ‘Pineapple Press’ newsletter were produced and distributed by Growcom to industry in August and November 2019, including updates on this project.
The Pineapple Industry Field Day was held in July 2019, and an updated estimate of pineapple production for the 2019 calendar year was completed.
You can stay up to date via registering or logging into the industry section of the Australian Pineapples website, where information and materials will be shared regularly. Alternatively, you can read the industry’s Pineapple Press newsletter to learn more:
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Pineapple Fund.