Dr. Jianlu Zhang’s Farewell – Retirement Dinner, Mildura Friday 8th of June.
Thirty three members and guests gathered at the Grand Hotel Bistro on a cold, wet Friday night to honour Dr. Jianlu Zhang’s contribution to the Pistachio Industry in Australia over the last 15 years. Dr Zhang’s research has had significant impact on pistachio production within Australia and internationally as well.
For more pictures and a video of the night, go to Jianlu’s Farewell page: Dr Jianlu Zhang’s Farewell
If you have any photographs from the night, please forward them to me as I would like to include them on the webpage.
Don’t Forget: Dr Jianlu Zhang’s Retirement Dinner This Friday 8th June.
PGAI invites you to a night of celebration as Dr Jianlu Zhang retires after 15 years of pistachio research and development.
VoH welcomes Federal Budget’s support of export markets and biosecurity
The continued efforts made by Voice of Horticulture (VoH) in lobbying the Federal Government in terms of a policy and budget focus on biosecurity and exports, has seen fruition in this week’s 2018/19 Budget.
Chair, Tania Chapman welcomed the announcement of five key points relating to biosecurity, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and export trade assistance and said they would provide invaluable support in improving market access and on gaining new export opportunities.
Ms Chapman said the “real coup” was the announcement of additional funding to represent six Agricultural Trade Counsellors in six new countries, to be included in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, India, Chile and Russia, now extending the total number of Agricultural Trade Counsellors to 22.
Read the Press Release here: VoH Media Release – VoH welcomes Federal Budget’s support of export markets and biosecurity
Voice of Horticulture calls for policies to be put in place to deal with harassment
With the current volatile political environment, the Voice of Horticulture is calling on all its members to ensure they have the correct policies and procedures in place within their organisation to deal with sexual harassment and bullying.
Voice of Horticulture Chair, Tania Chapman said: “The Board’s aim is to ensure that all its members are protected and have a complete grasp on all sexual harassment and bullying issues which could affect an organisation, as well as their employees and volunteers”.
Ms Chapman stressed that “…whilst the focus is currently on women, we should remember that it can also include males within the organisation”.
“Our total aim should be for respect and equal opportunity regardless of age or gender” she added.
Read more of the press release here: VoH Media Release – policies_2018
California’s Pistachio and Almond Industry Presentation
David Doll from UCCE Merced’s presentation from the Second Pistachio Spring Symposium, held in Mildura in November 2017. Presentation is in in PDF format. Read more here: PistachioPresentationAustralia_opt
For Videos of David’s presentation at the Symposium click this link (login required): http://www.pgai.com.au/industry-videos#Mildura2017
Bob Beede, University of California February Task List.
The latest update from Bob Beede on the Californian Pistachio Industry. The update covers Rain and Irrigation (no rain!), an update on chill requirements, the use of oil for the new season as well as pest and disease management. Read more here: Pistachio_Tasks_USA_Cali_Feb_18
Note: USA and other newsletters can be accessed via http://www.pgai.com.au/latest-newsletters
Pistachio Seasonal Reminders. Summer and Pre-Harvest 2017/2018. An update by Ben Thomas.
Welcome to 2018! Hopefully, you all had a break during the Festive period and are refreshed and ready for the upcoming harvest period.
We are now in the nut fill period of the pistachio production cycle which is a critical phase when the kernel grows and causes the shell to split. Key orchard management issues at this time are irrigation and nutrition. This is also the time to prepare the orchard for harvest, take leaf analysis samples and bud young trees. Read more here: SummerPreharvest 2017-2018
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PGAI Newsletters – keep up-to-date!
December 2015 Newsletter: 14 Pistachio-newsletter-vol-6-dec-15
September 2015 Newsletter: 13 Pistachio-newsletter-vol-5-sept-15
Aug/Sept 2015 Seasonal Reminders Newsletter: 12 Seasonal Reminders Late-Winter-Early-Spring-2015-Final
May 2015 Newsletter: 11 Pistachio-newsletter-vol-4-May-15
December 2014 Newsletter: 10 Pistachio newsletter Vol 3 Dec 14
November 2014 Newsletter: 09 Pistachio newsletter vol 2 15-Nov-14
January 2014 Newsletter: 08 Pistachio January Newsletter – 14 Jan 2014
December 2013 Newsletter: 07 Pistachio December 2013 Newsletter
November 2013 Newsletter: 06 Pistachio November 2013 Newsletter
June/July 2013 Newsletter: 05 Pistachio June July 2013 Newsletter (2)
May 2013 Newsletter: 04 Pistachio May 2013 Newsletter
March 2013 Newsletter: 03 Pistachio March 2013 Newsletter
February 2013 Newsletter: 02 Pistachio February Newsletter 2013
January 2013 Newsletter: 01 Pistachio January 2013 Newsletter
Weekly Australian climate, water and agricultural update
This weekly update provides up-to-date information on recent and forecast climatic conditions, water availability and commodity price movements.
For the week ending 12 October 2011, rainfall was mostly recorded in eastern Australia. The highest measured total for the week was 92 millimetres at Mt Read on the West Coast of Tasmania. Recent rainfall will benefit crops and pastures in southern New South Wales and Victoria, particularly where short term rainfall deficiencies exist.
Rainfall forecast for the next week could benefit crops and pastures particularly across eastern Australia.
View the latest weekly report from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority:
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