Citrus a focus at regional forum
Tree census can allow for better market forecasting
THE Queensland Pre-Season Regional Forum was held in Gayndah on Tuesday, with industry experts and professionals on hand to talk about a number of agricultural topics, including citrus production.
Blue Cow Citrus property manager Chris Bryant attended the forum and found the new tree census information to be very promising.
“This is a post-season wrap up from last year and a pre-season for this year where we will talk about what has changed, export requirements, restrictions, chemical usage and things like that,” Mr Bryant said.
“A big thing is tree census – Nathan Hancock from Citrus Australia did a presentation on that, which tells us what’s in the ground and also how many trees are under three years.
“What that means is if there are 200,000 tonnes of citrus this year but 20% are trees under three years it will allow for a forecast.”
From this the industry is able to translate that forecast into tonnage at market.
“We try to see how that will shift things going forward,” Mr Bryant said.
“And it allows us to look for areas of growth and opportunity and work out that we need to develop these markets.
“Because if we sit back and wait and that tonnage comes on and we don’t have an answer, then we have missed the boat, it’s strategic planning.”