Facilitating the development of the Australian berry industries (MT18020)
What’s it all about?
Beginning in 2019, this multi-industry investment is tasked with supporting Australian berry growers in adopting improved practices on-farm and keeping up to date with the latest industry news, information, resources and technologies.
The project delivers a nationally coordinated but locally implemented program which employs several industry development officers who provide specialist skills and knowledge. The role of the industry development officers is a broad one, with all activities geared towards improving the circulation and uptake of information with the industry.
As well as extension activities, the project produces key communication channels for the berry industries, including:
- Quarterly magazine, Australian Berry Journal, with current and past editions available here
- The industry’s monthly newsletter that has information tailored to each crop as well as the latest across-industry R&D news (you can sign up for the newsletter here)
- The Berries Australia website, with industry news, information and resources for growers
- Fact sheets and case studies, as needed
- Berry plant protection guides for each crop
- Workshops across the country
- Webinars for growers.
- A further two editions of the Australian Berry Journal have been published – Summer 2020 and Autumn 2021.
- Six editions of the e-newsletters, The Burst, were released and continue to be very well received by growers and industry.
- The 2021 Berry Plant Protection Fair (field day) is to be held at Adele Farms in Bucca, NSW on 28 April 2021. It will have a focus on all things plant protection and include technical talks on soil health, spray coverage, pest and disease management as well as practical demonstrations and over 20 trade stalls.
Read The Burst e-newsletter, six editions have been released since the last update. You can access these on the Berries Australia website
See alert fact sheets on emerging pests across the Australian horticultural industry.
The project has progressed with…
- Numerous workshops have been held in all states of Australia and various fact sheets have been developed.
- Communication through the Australia Berry journal and The Burst have provided updates to industry on the project’s progression.
- The BerryQuest International scheduled for July 2021 was postponed and has been rescheduled for the following year in July 2022.
Read The Burst e-newsletter, five editions have been released. You can access these on the Berries Australia website.
Access fact sheets and case studies which have been developed from the workshops:
- Factsheet: Avoiding spray drift in blueberries
- Factsheet: Water use efficiency in blueberries
- Factsheet: Incorporating agritourism into your berry business
- Case study: Australian strawberry distributors – a family affair
- Case study: Portland strawberries – a charcoal rot success story
- Case study: SA organic strawberries, South Australia
Watch video on balancing generative and vegetative growth for strawberries and integrated pest management for low residue fruit - Klaas Plas.