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Summerfruit under-canopy planting

Summerfruit under-canopy planting

Project Group: Summerfruit NZ

Status: In Progress

Timeline: Oct, 2022 - Mar, 2026

Last Updated: 05/04/2024

This project established understory planting in summerfruit orchards to enhance orchard biodiversity and examine whether associated co-benefits from these plantings can be realised. These benefits include weed management, leading to fewer herbicide applications, and improved botrytis disease control by planting and covering bare ground. Improvement to soil health is also expected, through the rootzone activity of these plantings and the incorporation of additional organic matter back into the soil.

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Activity to date

In year one of the project, two Central Otago orchards have sown understory plantings, and have experienced a management season. Insect and plant monitoring has occured throughout the growing season and data is being collated to be shared with growers.

Baseline soil analysis and visual soil asssessments have been gathered from each orchard.

Autumn sowing of understory plantings in two further Central Otago orchards and one Hawkes Bay orchard are planned.

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