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Ongoing project

Processing tomato industry capacity building (TM17000)

Key research provider: Australian Processing Tomato Research Council

What’s it all about?

Beginning in late 2018, this is the inaugural voluntary levy investment in the Hort Innovation Processing Tomato Fund. It facilitates an industry development program that’s all about supporting awareness and adoption of R&D outcomes, delivering best practice information, enhancing skills of existing industry participants and encouraging new entrants.

Specific activities include but aren’t limited to:

  • Delivery of communication channels including the annual Australian Processing Tomato Grower Magazine and quarterly Tomato Topics newsletters
  • Events including industry field days and annual R&D forums
  • The collection of industry benchmark data and statistics, communicated to industry through annual data and statistics reports
  • Supporting on-farm trials, including cultivar evaluation trials, and disseminating results to industry.

Cultivar trials and small-plot trials have been planted to find suitable replacement cultivars. A full report of the trials is included in the annual Australian Processing Tomato Grower magazine. Requests for additional information such as the performance of one cultivar compared to another over a period of years have also been made available.

In November 2020, A group-based pest and disease early warning ‘Workplace’ app was setup. The information for the app is provided by agronomists on their pest and disease observations from different regions and the APTRC team summarise the information, check it for accuracy and then post to the application. You can learn more about the app here on the APTRC website.

The pre-Christmas field day and information evening in the Lake Boga region went ahead as planned. Integrated pest management (IPM) and non-chemical disease and weed suppression techniques were discussed, as well as rotational cropping with cotton and tomatoes and a Q&A session about farming practices and what challenges and benefits this season has brought.

The industry survey was completed in December 2020 which talks of the industry’s performance over the past 2019/20 season with comparisons to previous seasons. The full survey can be found at https://www.aptrc.asn.au/info-for-industry or directly via this link Industry Survey 2020 ed.

The 2020 Australian Processing Tomato Grower magazine has been completed and can be accessed via the Growers Resource Centre section of the website

The September 2020 edition of Tomato Topics has been published and uploaded to the industry website.

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  • Australian Processing Tomato Research Council (APTRC) website is now live and has been upgraded and redesigned so materials and resources can be easily uploaded. See the active website here
  • The March and June 2020 editions of the Tomato Topics newsletter has been posted to the APTRC website for viewing
  • Cultivar and on-farm trials were completed. A summary of the qualitative findings can be found in the June Tomato Topics newsletter on p.4-9.
  • The Irrigation Field Day was held in January 2020. A total of 57 people attended which comprised of growers, agronomists and Kagome Foods field, marketing and production staff. Participants were taken to an ‘130 hectare trial’ being conducted by Netafim and Kagome Farms, centred on a thin-walled, low-pressure, low flow, single-use tape system. You can read more about the Irrigation Field Day in the December 2019 Tomato Topics magazine
  • The 2019 Australian Processing Tomato Grower magazine was issued in January 2020. The publication presents a full description of this project’s activities during the 2018/19 season. The magazine can be viewed here, or found in the Growers Resource Centre section on the website.
  • An industry R&D data base has been established and published on the APTRC website as a tool to collate past R&D investments and outcomes from previous projects.
  • Pest and disease reporting system is being discussed as a way for industry to benefit from an active system of pest and disease information.
  • In response to the 2018/2019 bacterial speck incursion, the industry’s worst outbreak, APTRC undertook a joint project with Growchem to trial the efficacy of specific controls in managing bacterial speck. The final report for this project can be viewed here.

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