PEST vigilance and water security were two of the topics covered at a MacGroup shed meeting in Bundaberg yesterday.
The event focussed on providing growers with knowledge on how to reduce their orchard's vulnerability to drought and other extreme weather conditions.
Other topics covered included forecasting tools, benchmarking trends and new pests and diseases.
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The meeting followed an AMS board meeting also held in Bundaberg the previous day.
South African macadamia physiology and nut quality expert, Mark Penter, outlined the results of physiology trials that investigated the impact of plant growth regulators on the crop.
Mr Penter has completed extensive research on South African orchards during challenging climatic seasons and led numerous research trials to improve on-farm practices which directly impact kernel quality and post-harvest efficiency.