USA guest speaker for Grower Breakfast Meeting

The annual apple industry Grower Breakfast Meeting is on again next Wednesday, August 16, hosted by E E Muir and Sons and Campbells Fertilisers.

Spokesperson Rob Forsyth said the meeting was always an eagerly anticipated event.

“It’s for growers and orchard managers, and we’ll inform them about the latest in technology, whether that be chemicals, fertilisers, processes, or the latest in fruit growing in this region,” he said.

“Each pre-season we have a meeting with new products and new techniques in regards to the apple and cherry industries, mainly.”

Mr Forsyth said they were expecting 50 to 60 people from outside the region to visit Batlow for the occasion. The day starts with a breakfast at 7.30am with the meeting commencing at 8.00am, all held at the Batlow RSL Club.

Mr Forsyth said they were particularly proud of their guest speakers this year.

“We are lucky enough to have Dr Steve McArtney coming out from the United States this year which will be very interesting for local growers as well as those from other fruit growing regions in NSW who are looking to attend,” he said.

Dr. Steve McArtney (Valent Biosciences) is a Global Product Development Manager specialising in Plant Growth Regulators based in Libertyville, Illinois in the USA.

Steve is an internationally recognised apple researcher specialising in pre-harvest physiology and identifying ways to improve thinning and fruit quality. He has been an associate professor and pomologist at North Carolina State University and is now responsible for some of the most recognised PGR’s currently utilised in this industry, including Cytolin, Re Tain, Maxcel, ProGibb and NAA.

Steve also holds a Master’s degree in Horticulture Science. Also speaking at the meeting will be Charles McClintock from Sumitomo Chemical, who will be introducing Chateau.

“Chateau is the latest in Pre-Emergent Herbicide chemistry which has just been registered in orchards,” he said.

“It has broad spectrum control of hard to kill weeds in a residual package capable of lasting up to eight months.”

Please RSVP to this event by Thursday, August 10, by calling Rob Forsyth on 0407 417 191.