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Crop Care has issued a communication advising growers who use Ramrod® Flowable Herbicide to immediately cease use of the product and to return all Ramrod® Flowable Herbicide stock for full credit.

For further information and to organise product returns, Crop Care is advising growers to contact their local Ramrod® Flowable Herbicide supplier/reseller.

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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink

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New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Pillar: Market & Value Chain Development

Below, find an overview of new, ongoing and recently completed projects for the vegetable industry – Market & Value Chain Development pillar.

If you would like to order a Final Report for completed projects, please note the project code and make your order using the Final Report order form.

The latest updates and outputs for many of these projects can be found on the vegetable page of Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

Probisafe – developing biocontrol agents to inhibit pathogen growth

Project Code: VG16005

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 2

This project has a focus on keeping vegetables healthy and safe. It is developing, verifying and ultimately making available new biological control agents (new strains/blends of beneficial bacteria termed ‘Probisafe’) to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria on vegetables. The result will be an additional level of safety in both fresh and processed produce.

Improved management of pumpkin brown etch
Export development of Australian vegetables to Japan
Vegetable industry participation in the South Australian trade mission to SE Asia 2016
Economic modeling of impact of vegetable consumption on health costs and grower returns
Removing barriers of food safety certification for vegetable exporters though GLOBALG.A.P. co-certification
Vegetable industry export strategy
Understanding the nature, origins, volume and values of vegetable imports
Sensitivity study – impact of increasing exports on the domestic vegetable market
Creating value from edible vegetable waste
New end-point treatment solutions to control fruit fly (1) and (2)
Horticulture trade intelligence reporting 2017-2019

Pillar: Consumer Alignment

Below, find an overview of new, ongoing and recently completed projects for the vegetable industry – Consumer Alignment pillar.

If you would like to order a Final Report for completed projects, please note the project code and make your order using the Final Report order form.

The latest updates and outputs for many of these projects can be found on the vegetable page of Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

Vegetable trend forecasting and analysis

Project Code: VG16027

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 2

To help develop a competitive advantage for the Australian vegetable industry, this project was tasked with identifying trends relating to diet, dining and health; forecasting future drivers, stakeholders and consumers based on these trends; and illustrating practical examples of how the vegetable industry can take advantage of them right now. For a quick wrap-up of results, see Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

Educational opportunities around perceptions of, and aversions to, vegetables through digital media (part 1 – market research)
Addressing vegetable consumption through foodservice organisations (chefs, TAFEs and other training institutions)
Understanding consumer triggers and barriers to consumption of Australian indigenous vegetables and Asian vegetables
Vegetable snacking options market research – stage 2
Consumer and market program for the vegetable industry (Project Harvest)
Identifying and sharing post-harvest best practice on-farm and online
The EnviroVeg Program 2017-2022
Development of a vegetable education resource – stage 2
Demographic research for the vegetable industry – Phase 2
Crisis management and awareness for the Australian vegetable industry
Increasing consumption and sales by developing community awareness and benefits of vegetables (scoping study)
Market opportunity for vegetable juices
Process improvements for preserving peak freshness in broccoli (Stage 2)
Consumption of juiced fruit and vegetables data analytics

Pillar: Farm Productivity, Resource Use & Management

Below, find an overview of new, ongoing and recently completed projects for the vegetable industry – Farm Productivity, Resource Use & Management pillar.

If you would like to order a Final Report for completed projects, please note the project code and make your order using the Final Report order form.

The latest updates and outputs for many of these projects can be found on the vegetable page of Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

New in-field treatment solutions to control fruit fly (2)

Project Code: VG13042

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 2

Looking at ways to manage and monitor fruit fly in vegetable crops, among other things this project has produced a grower-friendly guide that brings together its new research and existing information into a single handy resource.

 

The Fruit Fly Management for Vegetable Growers is available to download from Hort Innovation here.

 

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

New in-field treatment solutions to control fruit fly (1)
Manipulation of regulatory microRNAs to suppress insecticide resistance in diamondback moth
Management of insecticide resistance in the green peach aphid
New breeding technologies and opportunities for Australian vegetable industry – pulse check
On-farm evaluation of vegetable seed viability using non-destructive techniques
Gap analysis and economic assessment for protected cropping vegetables in tropical Australia
Investigating novel glass technologies and photovoltaic in protected cropping and Research and operations to trial innovative glass and photovoltaic technologies in protected cropping
The effects of using anhydrous ammonia to supply nitrogen to vegetable crops
Vision systems, sensing and sensor networks to manage risks and increase productivity in vegetable production systems
Review of current irrigation technologies
Using autonomous systems to guide vegetable decision making on-farm and Evaluating and testing autonomous systems developed in VG15003 in Australian vegetable production systems
Soil condition management – extension and capacity building and Extension of integrated crop protection information
Vegetable industry minor use program
Facilitating adoption of IPM through a participatory approach with local advisors and industry – training component + its associated Coordination component
Improved management options for cucumber green mottle mosaic virus
Improved knowledge of factors contributing to carrot rot
Impact of pesticides on beneficial arthropods of importance in Australian vegetable production
Vegetable agrichemical pest management needs and priorities
Characterisation of a carlavirus of French bean
Improved skill for regional climate in the ACCESS-based POAMA model
Developing technical guidelines and a best practice extension toolbox for greenhouse construction and safe operation
Adoption of precision systems technology in vegetable production
A multi-faceted approach to soil-borne disease management
A strategic approach to weed management for the Australian vegetable industry
Data analytics and app technology to guide on-farm irrigation
Optimising benefits of vermiculture in commercial-scale vegetable farms
Innovating new virus diagnostics and planting bed management in the Australian sweetpotato industry
Advanced stable fly management for vegetable producers
Effective pollinators and their requirement in vegetable crops
Investigating labour supply options across the Australian vegetable Industry
Review of the National Biosecurity Plan for the Vegetable Industry
Strengthened biosecurity for the Australian vegetable industry – stage 2
Innovative solutions for management of tospoviruses of vegetable crops
Effective management of parsley summer root rot
Management and detection of bacterial leaf spot in capsicum and chilli crops
Precision seeding benefits for processing pea production
Improving soilborne disease diagnostic capacity for the Australian vegetable industry
Global Innovations in Horticulture Seminar
Investigating on farm HACCP programs for managing plant pests of biosecurity concern – an options paper
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program
SITplus: Developing and optimising production of a male-only, temperature-sensitive-lethal, strain of Qfly, B. tryoni

Pillar: Drive Train

Below, find an overview of new, ongoing and recently completed projects for the vegetable industry – Drive Train pillar.

If you would like to order a Final Report for completed projects, please note the project code and make your order using the Final Report order form.

The latest updates and outputs for many of these projects can be found on the vegetable page of Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

Vegetable industry communication program 2016-2019

Project Code: VG15027

Status: Ongoing project

 

This project is responsible for effectively communicating the findings of levy-funded R&D and other relevant industry news, issues and data to growers and other industry stakeholders. The ultimate goal is to increase awareness of project outcomes and inspire on-farm adoption of new learnings and technologies.

 

A number of regular communication channels continue to be produced and maintained by this project, including but not limited to:

  • Weekly e-newsletter Weekly Update
  • The bi-monthly Vegetables Australia magazine, with current and back issues available here
  • Vegenotes factsheets, available to download here
  • Annual publication Grower Success Stories, also available from the above link
  • InfoVeg services, soon to include vegetable industry YouTube videos
  • Social media updates in AUSVEG channels including Twitter.

 

The project also provides media relations for R&D-related news, including the production and distribution of media releases.

Nuffield Scholarship
National Vegetable Extension Network
PMA A-NZ Produce Executive Program scholarships
Vegetable industry education and training initiative
Financial performance of Australian vegetable farms 2016-2017 to 2018-2019
2016-18 European Industry Leadership and Development Mission – Berlin Fruit Logistica
USA Industry Leadership and Development Mission 2016-2018
Vegetable Young Grower Development Mission and Women’s Development Missions
Growing Leaders
VegWHS training resources
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Strategic Investment Advisory Panels

About

The Strategic Investment Advisory Panels (SIAPs) for the vegetable industry have been appointed. You can find more information on the SIAP page of Hort Innovation’s website or please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Panel members: Vegetable – Market and Value Chain

Name Organisation Location
Michael Coote AUSVEG VIC
Maureen Dobra Loose Leaf Lettuce Company WA
Kelvin Free Duralgai Horticultural VIC
Emma Germano Germano Produce VIC
Nick Macleod Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries QLD
Michael Nixon Riverlodge Assets WA
Jim Trandos Trandos Farms WA
Kees Versteeg Qualipac QLD
Michael Vorrasi DSA Produce SA

Independent Chair: Bob Granger Biography

Panel members: Vegetable – Farm Productivity, Resource Use and Management

Name Organisation Location
Bill Bulmer Bulmer Farms VIC
Andrew Craigie Craigie Brothers TAS
Ed Fagan Mulyan Farms NSW
Rob Hinrichsen Kalfresh QLD
Mike Keller University of Adelaide SA
Rachael Lancaster Environmental and Agricultural Testing Services WA
Jessica Lye AUSVEG VIC
Jeff McSpedden JW & FJ McSpedden NSW
Michael Radcliff Rhebanvale TAS
Sharron Windolf Windolf Farms QLD
Calum Wilson Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture TAS

Independent Chair: Bob Granger Biography

Panel members: Vegetable – Consumer Alignment

Name Organisation Location
Belinda Adams Coastal Hydroponics QLD
Leisa Carniel Mulgowie Farming QLD
Trent De Paoli AustChilli QLD
Russell McCrystal McCrystal Consultancy QLD
Jason McNeill Premium Fresh TAS
Greg Owens NT Farmers NT
Steven Roberts Rijk Zwaan VIC
Chris Schreurs Schreurs & Sons VIC
Scott Samwell Samwell and Sons SA
Jarrod Strauch AUSVEG VIC
Brock Sutton Sutton Farms QLD
Matt Zagami Avagrow Farms VIC

Independent Chair: Bob Granger Biography

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Find details on the Strategic Investment Plan at the bottom of this page.

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads

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Contact

Contacts at Hort Innovation

Sam Turner
Relationship Manager

T 03 9691 3526
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Brad Wells
Relationship Manager

T 02 8295 2327
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Christian Patterson
Relationship Manager

T 0433 896 753
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Industry representative body: AUSVEG

Contact
Level 2, 273 Camberwell Road
Camberwell, VIC 3124

www.ausveg.com.au
T 03 9882 0277
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Strategic Investment Planning process for the vegetable industry is in progress

Your industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) lays the foundation for decision making in levy investments and represents a balanced view of stakeholders in your industry. If you’d like to read more about the SIP process, visit the SIP Portal.

See below for the completed consultation events and agendas on the vegetable SIPs. For attending SIP events, register your interest.

Completed consultation workshops

VegetableAdelaide, SAMay 17, 2017

Industry Location Timing
Vegetable Sydney, NSW February 25 and 26, 2016
Vegetable Ayr, QLD February 27, 2017
Vegetable Bowen, QLD February 28, 2017
Vegetable Bundaberg, QLD March 2, 2017
Vegetable Melbourne, VIC March 3, 2016
Vegetable Richmond, NSW March 6, 2017
Vegetable Werribee, VIC March 8, 2017
Vegetable Lindenow, VIC March 9, 2017
Vegetable Lockyer, QLD March 15, 2017
Vegetable Melbourne, VIC March 17, 2016
Vegetable Royal Pines, QLD June 24, 2016
Vegetable Royal Pines, QLD June 25, 2016
Vegetable Cranbourne, VIC October 17, 2016
Vegetable Swan Hill, VIC October 18, 2016
Vegetable North Adelaide, SA October 24, 2016
Vegetable Devonport, VIC October 27, 2016
Vegetable Hobart, TAS October 28, 2016
Vegetable Bathurst, NSW November 2, 2016
Vegetable Cowra, NSW November 4, 2016
Vegetable Katherine, NT November 7, 2016
Vegetable Coolalinga, NT November 8, 2016
Vegetable Carnarvon, WA November 11, 2016
Vegetable Wanneroo, WA November 14, 2016
Vegetable Manjimup, WA November 15, 2016
Vegetable Nyalup, WA November 16, 2016
Vegetable Sydney, NSW November 23, 2016
Vegetable Ipswich, QLD March 15 and 16, 2017
Vegetable Adelaide, SA May 17, 2017