Benchmarking the macadamia industry 2019-2021 (MC18002)
What’s it all about?
Building on Benchmarking the macadamia industry 2015-18 (MC15005), this investment continues the supply of on-farm benchmarking information for the macadamia industry. By collecting planting, production, quality and other data – and analysing trends across the industry and across seasons – its goal is to allow informed decision-making and to facilitate improved farm productivity and profitability for the industry.
The program supplies free and confidential individual benchmarking reports to participating farms, now including confidential ranking of seasonal farm performance to help individual businesses understand and measure the relative impact of limiting conditions such as weather, pests and diseases and agronomic conditions.
Meanwhile, general benchmarking reports are released for the whole of the industry. Regional benchmarking groups and productivity case studies are also used as ways to share the information and help growers in adopting profitable and sustainable practices.
The macadamia benchmarking program for the 2018 season involved 278 farms, representing 58 per cent of the industry by production, with 87 of these farms providing cost of production data, covering 22 per cent of total production.
Early in August 2019, the team published an industry benchmark report which included a detailed summary of findings and observations from the 2018 season, as well as longer-term productivity and quality trends from 2009 to 2018. The long-term performance of several top farms and costs of production was also covered, along with information regarding productivity limitations such as weather and pests.
The team developed two video case studies aimed at improving awareness and understanding of current issues affecting orchard productivity.
The first video, called Maintaining productivity during challenging seasons features Michael Cooper, a Glasshouse Mountains grower whose non-irrigated orchards routinely achieve above-average yield, even in low rainfall seasons. He describes how a combination of nutrition, orchard floor management, canopy management and attention to detail have established his orchards as top performing farms in the benchmark sample.
The second video, What makes a top-performing farm: Macadamia case study, highlights top performing farms in the benchmark sample, examining common management approaches and their impact on yield and quality results.
Read the 2009-2018: Macadamia industry benchmark report for more detailed information about the benchmarking program.
Watch two short videos produced by the team featuring case studies on:
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Macadmia Fund