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NEW – PGAI Chill Hour Newsletter No 3 16th August 2017

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NEW – Go Just Nuts: Success has come from unconventional ideas.

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ERIC Wright arrived at the auction of a six-hectare farm in the Mallee town of Nangiloc, curious to see who would buy it. When there were no bids, the auctioneer approached Eric to gauge his interest. “I went to the farm to have a look and I ended up buying it,” Eric says, laughing.

THREE hectares of pistachio trees produce up to 20 “wet” tonnes of nuts — those straight off the trees, still moist with skins intact, before they have gone through the drying process. This equates to about five “dry” tonnes in the shell.

Harvest runs for six weeks from the end of February and Eric has enough stock to last through much of the year, selling raw and salted nuts in 200g and 500g bags.

About three tonnes is sold retail — mainly through five farmers’ markets, including a weekly six-hour one-way trip to Melbourne. He also sells in shops locally and in Melbourne, as well as through Farmhouse Direct. The rest is sold in bulk to Nut Producers Australia, the same business that processes Eric’s pistachios.
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Pistachio newsletter August 2017

Pistachio Information and Technology Group Meeting – Thursday 3rd August 2017 – 3pm sharp.


Geoff Furness, Research Scientist, Consultant, Spray Application Technology

Geoff Furness

Geoff Furness is a scientist with 44 years’ experience with research interests in entomology, especially in citrus and viticulture, (IPM, ecology, and control) and spray application technology (air assisted sprayer design and evaluation in both horticulture and field crops).

Geoff Retired from a 42 year career as a senior research scientist with the South Australian Research and Development Institute in Primary Industries and Resources, SA in 2010. He now works part time as a consulting scientist.

Attached: Preliminary reading, a paper by Geoff on Simple Accurate Tree Sprayer calibration.NutgrowerPaper

Robinvale: Thursday 3rd of August, 3:00pm sharp

Address:  CMV Farms Robinvale: 3067 Murray Valley Hwy, Bannerton VIC 3549

There will be a spray demonstration on a CMV Farms Pistachio block.  This will be followed by BBQ dinner and then once dark, an inspection by black light of the sprayed trees.

PLEASE RSVP to Craig or Trevor by Friday 28th July

There will be a sausage sizzle BBQ dinner provided after the presentations, before the night time spray assessment.  For more information please ring Craig Feutrill on 0437 307 590

Pistachio Information and Technology Group Meeting – Monday 5th June 2017 – 11am sharp.


Bob Beede, Video Conference from California.

Farm Advisor Emeritus: Bob Beede has lived and worked in the San Joaquin Valley of California his whole career. He earned BS and MS degrees focusing on Plant Science, Agrarian Studies, and Postharvest Physiology at the University of California (UC) at Davis. For 35 years Bob worked as a UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor working out of Kings County.

There will also be industry updates:

  • 2017 Season Report – Chris Joyce
  • Insect and Fungal programs – Chris Joyce
  • Winter Oil Trials – Dr Jianlu Zhang
  • Winter Chill – early predictions – Dr Jianlu Zhang.

Where: AgVic Mildura Centre, DEDJTR, Corner Eleventh St and Koorlong Ave, Irymple VIC 3498

There will be a sausage sizzle provided after the video conference.  For more information please ring Craig Feutrill on 0437 307 590

Pistachio growers say (2016) harvest is going nuts from good weather and better farming practice.

From Victorian ABC Country Hour courtesy of Emma Brown

Chris Joyce discussing harvesting and the new season with Emma Brown.

It is a bumper year for pistachios with some growers reporting the best “off-year” crop they have ever seen.

The majority of the nation’s pistachio crop is grown along the Murray River in southern New South Wales, north-western Victoria, and South Australia.

Grower and processor Chris Joyce from Kyalite said the quality of this year’s harvest was exceptional.

“Pistachios are an alternate-bearing crop, they have a very big crop and then they have a smaller crop, this year should have been one of the lower crops,” he said.

“This is without question the best off crop we have ever seen; the quality of this year’s crop is absolutely extraordinary.

“We have low percentages of closed shell nuts and low percentages of damaged nuts on the tree and the yields are well above what we would have ever expected to achieve in an off crop, so this is a good year.”

Industry could grow to meet domestic demand

The low staining and high yields should mean better returns for growers who are paid on quality and quantity.

Chris Joyce said he was expanding his plantings and was aware of other producers doing the same.

He said the industry was growing gradually and there was no risk of domestic oversupply.

“I have seen the crop go from being a very specific specialty crop with a total crop of a few hundred tonnes being consumed in Australia,” he said.

“Now it’s a mainstream product that you can now buy in the major supermarkets.

“Currently Australia is only growing about half of what we consume so we think that very simply we could double production and continue to satisfy the Australian market.”


The finished product, packaged pistachios wait to be trucked to supermarkets.  Photo courtesy of ABC Emma Brown.

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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.

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