CHERRY FIELD DAY REPORT

PROFESSOR LYNN AND MARLENE LONG VISIT on 30 September 2014.
Funded by HAL with Cherry Industry Levy and matched funds from the Australian Government for the National Cherry Development Program. 

    

On Tuesday 30th September we met with Professor Lynn Long, Cherry Expert, Professor and Extension Horticulturalist from Oregon State University and Marlene Long as well as Penny Measham and Peter Morrison (an agronomist who has been contracted to this program), at The Connection between Shepparton and Mooroopna.

Professor Lynn presented on a number of trials he has been working on regarding compatability with rootstocks and varieties and how these affect crop loads. He also outlined pruning guidelines for different rootstocks.

  

Marlene presented on Best Harvesting Practices and Post Harvest handling practices. This was also really informative as she covered picking, ideal harvest temperatures, moisture loss, water temperatures and storage, all areas to be monitored to ensure top quality. Both of these presentations were so practical and informative creating plenty of questions. 

After a lovely lunch we headed out to Turnbull's Orchard with Alex & Chris, where we had the privilege of a tour.
   

Alex, Chris & Phil Turnbull are 5th generation fruit growers and grow their trees on trellis. There was great discussion and input from Professor Lynn Long  & Peter Morrison plus others.

Thanks to Alex, Chris and Phil for making your property available to us all, it's greatly appreciated and not without its effort.

Thank you to all who came, participated and enjoyed the day. I and many others found it extremely interesting and worthwhile.
Thank you to Penny Measham for organising such a successful event.

Regards and best wishes. 

Alison Jones.