PIT Groups

Pistachio Information and Technology Groups – PIT Groups.

Pistachio Information and Technology Groups (PIT Groups) are an initiate of PGAI and partly funded by the Australian Government through Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA), beginning in 2014 in pistachio production regions. PIT Groups are a valuable source of information on all aspects of production, from irrigation through chill hours to harvesting, pest and disease management – and just a great opportunity to catch up with other Pistachio growers.

On this page you will find all presentations (in PDF format) from each of the meetings and yearly symposia and relevant photographs as well a few videos and PIT Group Meeting report summaries.

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Pistachio Growers listen to Ian Atkinson talk on drought management at the Renmark PIT Group

Technology Transfer to Pistachio growers utilising regional grower group.

The outputs from this project will be:

  1.  Establishment of Pistachio ‘Tech Groups’ for growers within three regional areas of the Riverland. Mildura/Robinvale and Swan Hill.
  2. Regular communications and interaction between growers within the specific regions.
  3. A program of a minimum of two ‘Tech Group’ meetings/field days in each of the regions at relevant times of the production cycle.
  4. The utilisation of Australian and/or International Pistachio experts/technicians in ‘roadshows’ throughout the growing regions to give presentations on their specific areas of expertise.
  5. Compilation of technical information from overseas and Australia and the presentation of the material in a range of formats that can be utilised by any grower within the pistachio industry.
  6. Maintenance of an industry consultancy/advisor list and the delivery of current and up to date industry information to ensure a consistent message is being delivered to all Australian Pistachio growers.
  7.  Maintenance and expansion of the linkages between the Australian Pistachio Industry and the research and growing communities in the USA, Turkey, Iran and China.

PIT Group reports:

Click on the link below to take you to the PIT Group meeting in the series.  To return to the menu click on the ‘Top’ button at the bottom right of each report.

September 2017 PIT Group/Symposium and Field walk

The September 2017 PIT Group Meeting, due to time constraints was combined with the Annual PGAI Symposium.  Approximately 45 growers and Industry people attended to meeting and field walk which demonstrated central/single leader pruning and new Croplands spray technology.

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Photo Gallery for the September 2017 PIT Group/Symposium and Field Walk:

August 2017 PIT Group Field Day Robinvale: Link: 3rd August 2017 PITgroup Report

The 5th (August 2017) round of PIT groups meetings were held in incredibly wet conditions. The PIT Group meeting was held in a marquee set up at CMV Farms south of Robinvale.  The spray demonstration meeting was intended to have a talk by Geoff Furness on calibration and spray application followed by a spray plant demonstration with fluorescent dye.  After dinner – it was a late afternoon meeting – the 35 growers would assess the application with black lights    The outside part of the meeting had to be cancelled as the torrential rain precluded any spraying.  Geoff’s presentation however, highlighted the importance of spray coverage of all the bunches within the canopy with oil to achieved the desired results.

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Photo Gallery for the August 2017 PIT Group Field Day:

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June 2017 PIT Group Meeting: Link: June 2017 PITgroup Report

The 4th (June 2017) round of PIT groups meetings were held in better conditions than the last two meetings.   The meeting was a video conference featuring Bob Beede from California. 32 growers from all regions attended the meeting.

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. Although he is now retired, Bob continues to advise on a broad range of topics including pest management, entomology, plant pathology, cultural practices, plant physiology, herbicides, irrigation practices, soils, and water. His goals are to extend knowledge to farmers and agriculturalists through educational programs, publications such as APG eNews, farm calls, and to perform research related to his areas of expertise.

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Photo Gallery for June 2017 PIT Group Meeting:

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November 2016 PIT Group Meeting/Orchard Walk: Link:  PIT Groups_November_2016 – report

The 5th round of PITgroup meeting occurred in November 2016 in weather much more conducive the meeting held the same time last year.   21 growers attended the two meetings – the first on Thursday November the 3rd at the Nangiloc Football Clubroom then onto Rodney Hands property for an orchard walk and demonstration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and the second meeting at  Bob Hodgson’s property the following day Friday the 4th, at Renmark.  I thank all the growers who took the time to attend these presentations and orchard walks.  I also sincerely thank hosts’ Bob Hodgson and Rodney Hand for allowing the use of their properties for the meetings or orchard walks.

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 Photo Gallery for November 2016 PIT Group Meeting and Orchard Walk:

Video of Drone at Nangiloc Pistachio Property – Falcon UAV Australia

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September 2016 PIT Group/Symposium and Field walk

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Photo Gallery for 2016 PIT Group Meeting and PGAI Symposium

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November 2015 PIT Group Field Day and Field Walk – Link:

The 4th round of independent PITgroup meetings occurred in November 2015 in weather much more conducive than the July meetings – in fact you could say it was hot!   28 growers attended the two meetings – the first at Bob Hodgson’s property at Renmark on Tuesday 17th November and the combined Sunraysia/Swan Hill meeting at the Kyalite Pub, on Wednesday 18th November prior to an orchard walk at Kyalite Pistachios.  I thank all the growers who took the time to attend these presentations and orchard walks, particularly considering the heat in the orchards!  I also sincerely thank hosts’ Bob Hodgson and Chris Joyce for allowing the use of their properties for the meetings or orchard walks

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Photo Gallery for November 2015 PIT Group Meetings

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September 2015 PIT Group Meeting and Symposium

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Photo Gallery for September 2015 PIT Group Meeting and PGAI Symposium

No Photos – if you have any and would like them displayed, please send them to Trevor or Craig.

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July 2015 PIT Group Meeting and Orchard/Nursery Walk – Link: PIT Groups – July 2015 – report

The July 2015 round of PIT groups meetings on grower properties held in cold, blustery
conditions had 28 growers braving the conditions to attend the two meetings – the first at Jay
Ruediger’s property at Renmark on Monday 13th July and the combined Sunraysia/Swan Hill
meeting at the Binjara Nursery at Euston courtesy of the owner Justin Turner, on Tuesday
15th July. I thank all the growers who took the time to attend these presentations and
orchard walks, particularly considering the weather! I also sincerely thank hosts’ Jay
Ruediger and JustinTurner for allowing the use of their properties for the meetings.

Presentations (linked):

Dr Themis Michiailides Fungal Diseases Video:

Photo Gallery for the July 2015 PIT Group Meeting and Orchard/Nursery Walk

 

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May 2015 PIT Group Meeting and Orchard Walk – Link: PIT Groups – May 2015 – report

The May 2015 round of PIT groups meetings on grower properties was a definite success with 40 growers attending the three meetings – one at Martin Simpfendorfer’s property at Renmark on Wednesday 13th May, the next at Rodney Hand’s property at Colignan on Thursday 14th May and the last at Colin and Lois Caelli’s property at Vinifera on Friday 15th of May.  I thank all the growers who took the time to attend these presentations and orchard walks.

Presentations (linked):

  • Chris Joyce:  2015 Pistachio Crop Progress Report – Link:  PIT Group May 2015 presentation CJ
  • Dr Jianlu Zhang:    Winter Pruning of Pistachio and Orchard Sanitation – Link:
  • Craig Feutrill:  PGAI Pistachio Information and Technology Groups – Link:  PGAI_Mildura_Feb_15a_CF

Photo Gallery for the May 2015 PIT Group Meeting and Orchard Walk

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September 2014 PIT Group Meeting and Symposium

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August 2014 PIT Group Meeting

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September 2013 Spring Symposium

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