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Protecting crowns improves fruit quality for Sellars Bananas

Sellars Bananas are renowned for producing premium quality bananas. However, frustratingly, even when supplying the best quality fruit at the farm gate, fungal organisms can wreak havoc with consignments down the supply chain. 

Naomi Brownrigg shares their experience with the post-harvest quality issue of Crown end rot (CER) and what they have put in place to manage it. 

Read more about Naomi’s case study here.

Anne Rikini and Naomi Brownrigg of Sellars Bananas. Naomi is happy with the results of using a post-harvest fungicide for controlling CER.

New yellow Sigatoka information resources now available

Three new videos, web pages and downloadable factsheets on yellow Sigatoka are now available. The resources provide a short overview of the disease, it’s life cycle  and management tips. These can be used as handy training resources for your staff.  Click here to view

Finger on the pulse with the latest climate and seasonal forecasting information 

New planning tools are available from Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to assist farmers and agribusiness plan for extreme weather conditions. The NextGen group and industry stakeholders recently met at South Johnstone to investigate the new tools available.  

Some of the new tools can be used as a pre-emptive strategy, mapping out weather predictions and forecasts and its potential impact on fruit quality.

Forecasting weather
Exampled of one of the new tools; a three-day-burst outlook for the upcoming fortnight (12-25 Nov) for Camp Creek (South Johnstone).

On-farm biosecurity, check out what other growers are doing!

Need some inspiration for your on-farm biosecurity? Why not have a look at what other growers have implemented. Our new biosecurity section features image galleries of different practices to help inspire and get you started.
The National Banana Development and Extension Team is also available to help develop a biosecurity plan tailored to your farm or discuss how you can improve existing practices. Contact the team via email or phone 07 4220 4152.

Getting the best from your tissue culture

At a recent field day at South Johnstone Research Station, Research Horticulturist Shanara Veivers gave an overview of a recent desuckering trial. Results indicate that undertaking an additional early desuckering application in the plant crop of tissue-cultured plants can significantly improve yield and stability in the following ratoon crop. 

Better Bananas is an initiative of the National Banana Development and Extension Program (BA16007). This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the banana research and development levy, co-investment from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.

The project is supported by the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC).
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