The 224-page Pineapple problem solver field guide, designed to be carried in the ute and used in the field, was launched at the Wide Bay Pineapple Field Day in Queensland last month. Co-authored by Simon Newett and Peter Rigden, the guide is for use by growers, those in the pack shed and further along the supply chain. It illustrates and describes 77 disorders of pineapple in Australia and provides advice on their identification, prevention and management. It also illustrates and describes 35 weed species and five high-risk exotic pests and diseases.

Over 90 attendees, including 66 growers, attended the event. Farm tours of three properties in the Maryborough and Hervey Bay region were held, which looked at issues such as biosecurity. The laid-back field day, held in Maryborough, discussed topics such as pineapples grown in China, provided industry and chemical updates and discussed succession farming.

Hort Innovation also presented at the event. Dr Alison Anderson, Portfolio Manager – Industry Development, and Gus Soares, Marketing Associate at HIA presented at the event. Alison provided an overview on the new Hort Innovation explaining the new investment model, the objectives of the industry’s Strategic Investment Plan, projects in the current pineapple R&D program, and an outline of the industry’s capacity building program which, through Hort Innovation, funds the Pineapple Industry Development Officer’s role and study tours. Gus provided an overview on the successes of the 2014/15 marketing program, which included as well as an the aims of the 2015/16 campaign.

The Pineapple problem solver field guide is being sent to Queensland pineapple growers by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). The guide was jointly funded by DAF and Hort Innovation using the pineapple industry levy and funds from the Australian Government. For more information on the guide, contact DAF on 13 25 23.