dates when you prune trees, to help us identify timing (a running log as you move through your orchard)
basic description of your style of pruning (topping vs removing outside growth)
sunshine and temperature at each timing point
extent and timing of flowering the following winter
We’d like as many members as possible to contribute, so we can also understand the effect of location and cultivars. If you’re interested in joining this project, please contact email@example.com.
While the bulk of our growers are in the South Island (mainly Canterbury and Nelson regions) we have a fair few in the North Island – and more joining all the time.
In late 2022 a few asked about organising catch-ups with other near-by growers so that they can exchange information and just chat about hazelnuts.
As a group we have now had 2 meet-ups with various numbers of members being able to attend. These meet-ups have allowed members to connect with others near-by and to also ask questions and share their knowledge. For now they have all been online (using Zoom) but hopefully later this year an in person one can be organised.
Any North Island growers who would like to join in, just drop Paul an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the North Island growers is looking to create a list of what harvesting/processing equipment others in the North Island might have, with the aim of circulating it as both a source of information for others looking to purchase such equipment (nothing better than a review from a real user) and also to create an “open to borrowing/lending” register. If you are interested in sharing your equipment information then drop Peter an email at email@example.com
The International Hazelnut Congress is the industry’s leading event to share advances in research and industry. In September 2022, the Congress will be held in Corvallis, Oregon (USA).
Invitation from the conveners:
The International Congress on Hazelnut has been organized every 4 years in different countries for over 30 years. Academics, researchers, farmers, private companies and governmental organizations from many countries attend the congress.
Topics of sessions:
Breeding, genetics, and germplasm
Biology, physiology, rootstocks, and propagation
Pests and diseases
Post-harvest handling and quality
Marketing, economics and policies
Status of hazelnuts in different countries
Abstracts will be published in an abstract book. Full-text papers will be published in Acta Horticulturae.
Summary of a presentation given by Charles Merfield, Biological Husbandry Unit (BHU), Lincoln University as part of the winter 2019 AGM/field day weekend
Originally published in the HGA newsletter, August 2019
Merf delivered a fascinating presentation on the key aspects of a healthy soil and how common orchard management practices can destroy soil health.
Merf’s key point was that it’s possible to achieve a healthy orchard and clear floor for harvesting while also maintaining biodiversity in the orchard floor, rather than using herbicides that kill soil microorganisms.
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