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Good postharvest cooling and storage allow product to be stored and shipped to distant markets and meet consumer requirements.
Strong winds can wreak havoc on crops, pastures, vineyards and orchards causing breakages, fruit fall and sandblasting.
Over-application of fertiliser nutrients can cause growth and quality problems in vegetable crops.
Pollination is one of the keys to profitable apple production. As a general rule, apple varieties are not self-fertile and will not set a full crop without a compatible polliniser.
The storage life of fresh fruit and vegetables varies with type, variety and pre-harvest conditions.
When different fruits and vegetables are stored together, one foodstuff may be tainted by odours given off by another.
Muresk Institute is hosting a rural life weekend for small landholders, rural lifestylers and hobby farmers to learn skills to better manage their land.
White blister is a fungal disease caused by Albugo candida. It affects many brassica crops including broccoli and cauliflower and some brassica weeds.
Hydatid disease is a serious human health concern, caused by cysts of the tapeworm parasite Echinococcus granulosus.
The red and green kangaroo paw is the floral emblem of Western Australia.