Mature Orchard RejuvenationMacadamia Farm Management   Bundaberg Queensland
History• 25yr old trees• Low yield and quality• Tree disease issues• Poor soil health(old soils)• Low return on investment
Changed Practices• Increased chemical fertiliser• Increased organic matter• Increased pruning• Increased water use• Increa...
Before - December 2009
After - October 2011
The Sun= More Value than all other             inputs      Value of the Sun=$$$$???
THE PLUG HOLE SYNDROME
Improvements = Results• Increase in        YIELD• Increase in        QUALITY• Increase in soil   HEALTH• Increase in tree ...
25 Year Old Trees                Farm A - NIS @ 10%4.5  43.5  32.5  2                                        T/ha1.5  10.5...
25 Year Old Trees                    Farm B - NIS @ 10% 43.5 32.5 2                                                       ...
25 Year Old Trees                    Farm C NIS @ 10% 43.5 32.5 2                                                       T/...
Conclusion• Increase sun through regular pruning  (Little and Often)• Improve soil health through consistent  applications...
“No Silver Bullet”
Time + Money + Hard Work              = Returns• Total project is a long term carefully  thought out process.• Total rejuv...
On farm innovations that increase production   investing into soil profiling and organic matter to rejuvenate mature orcha...
On farm innovations that increase production   investing into soil profiling and organic matter to rejuvenate mature orcha...
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On farm innovations that increase production investing into soil profiling and organic matter to rejuvenate mature orchards – scott allcott

  1. 1. Mature Orchard RejuvenationMacadamia Farm Management Bundaberg Queensland
  2. 2. History• 25yr old trees• Low yield and quality• Tree disease issues• Poor soil health(old soils)• Low return on investment
  3. 3. Changed Practices• Increased chemical fertiliser• Increased organic matter• Increased pruning• Increased water use• Increased bee activity
  4. 4. Before - December 2009
  5. 5. After - October 2011
  6. 6. The Sun= More Value than all other inputs Value of the Sun=$$$$???
  7. 7. THE PLUG HOLE SYNDROME
  8. 8. Improvements = Results• Increase in YIELD• Increase in QUALITY• Increase in soil HEALTH• Increase in tree HEALTH• Decrease in PHYTOPHTHORA
  9. 9. 25 Year Old Trees Farm A - NIS @ 10%4.5 43.5 32.5 2 T/ha1.5 10.5 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  10. 10. 25 Year Old Trees Farm B - NIS @ 10% 43.5 32.5 2 T/ha1.5 10.5 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  11. 11. 25 Year Old Trees Farm C NIS @ 10% 43.5 32.5 2 T/ha1.5 10.5 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  12. 12. Conclusion• Increase sun through regular pruning (Little and Often)• Improve soil health through consistent applications of organic matter• Maintain chemical fertilisers (Little & Often) (Finding the Balance)
  13. 13. “No Silver Bullet”
  14. 14. Time + Money + Hard Work = Returns• Total project is a long term carefully thought out process.• Total rejuvenation costs = $1200/haThis equates to 400 kg NIS per hectare…...

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