Amazing Almonds In October 2012 the ABA launched a new consumer targeted website, www.amazingalmonds.com.au , commissioning Christina Soong-Kroeger, a freelance food writer, blogger and photographer to create some new and exciting content and to manage the site. Here you’ll find the latest Australian almond news, competitions, quick ideas, almond recipes, grower interviews and more. The key strength of this relationship is that the site will have a stream of fresh content every month that is based on our promotional calendar. Since the launch of the site there have been many new and interesting referring sites helping to bolster our fan base. Food photography sites like Foodgawker, Tasteologie, Tastespotting and Photograzing are now some of the top 15 referring sites. We are continuing to develop our amazingalmonds website and expand our recipe collection by adding great seasonal recipe ideas. Become involved and subscribe and we will let you know about new updates. Also, there is a great opportunity for you to suggest recipe ideas that we haven’t developed yet! If you would like to know more about the ABA’s social media accounts or amazingalmonds.com.au - contact Jo Ireland or join the conversation by liking or following any (or all) of the ABA social media accounts! Almond sweeper Flory 6650 Kubota diesel with 4200 hrs. Good condition, extra transaxle and other spares, ready to run for this season. $14,000 incl GST. Almond elevator Dix built, new tyres, spare belt, flat bottom loading, plus hopper for bucket loading. Ready to run. $10,000, incl GST. Slasher 4.9m or 16 foot. Chris Grow Engineering, Trailing. Heavy duty would not be a sufficient description. 4 rotors, 5 gearboxes. Bomber tyres. Leaves 2 neat windrows. New paint, top cond and appearance. $14,000 inclusive. PH B/hrs 08 8595 8033 or A/hrs 0412 809 991 For Sale Check out the back cover for one of our delicious recipes!
Robinvale, Griffith & Hillston
On 31 st January and 1 st February a group of 15 growers embarked on a two day study tour to Robinvale, Griffith and Hillston. The first objective of the study tour was to provide growers the opportunity to look at other properties prior to harvest to compare yields, vigour, crop maturity and general orchard operations. A secondary objective was to provide growers the chance to interact with other growers, both those on the study tour and also local growers in Robinvale, Griffith and Hillston. The third objective of the study tour was to inspect a new self compatible almond variety called ‘Independence’ which was a recent release by Zaiger Genetics, California. The participants visited Olam Orchards, Almond Investors Ltd at Piangil, Callipari’s property at Griffith, Select Harvests at Hillston and Rural Funds Management also at Hillston. There was a grower dinner on Thursday night which was also well attended with 14 local growers joining the study tour participants. The study group observed tree growth and canopy management in the Riverina region was different to other growing areas. The heavier soils seem to facilitate better water and nutrient uptake resulting in better tree growth from lower nutrition inputs. All the participants were impressed with each of the properties visited. Initial observations of new variety ‘Independence’ were promising. Its self compatibility characteristic may potentially result in the need for fewer bees and no additional variety for cross pollination, meaning it may be possible to have a single variety orchard. A fact sheet on ‘Independence’ provided by Graham Fleming of Graham’s Factree has been uploaded to the login section of www.australianalmonds.com.au. The fact-sheet is primarily based on Californian information, but as data is collected from the Australian trial plot, a localised fact sheet will be published.
Study tour participants view orchards at Almond Investors Ltd (above) and at Callipari’s property in Griffith (below)