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AUS: Innovations in Australian Horticulture

AUS: Innovations in Australian Horticulture

Innovation is driving Australian horticulturists as they adopt new processes, technologies and market opportunities in response to the challenges of today’s business pressures, according to interim findings from a study conducted by the University of Queensland Business School. So far the study has received a 70% response rate from growers in the almond, avocado, dried grape, lychee, macadamia, pistachio, prune, strawberry, turf and walnut industries. Interim findings indicate that 81% of these growers have introduced some form of innovation, ranging from planting new cultivators to high-density planting. The majority of innovations were in the adoption of existing technologies and practices, while 54% of respondents had introduced innovations that were new to their industry, such as spatial mapping to identify soil types and reduce chemical use. When asked why innovation was important, growers cited increased profit and crop yields along with efficiency of supply as driving factors. (Source: horticulture.com.au)