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Riverina region, New South Wales

Riverina apple orchards get the sunshine for crucial 'king blossom'

Riverina region apple orchards with have seen their crucial "king blossom" period impacted by an onslaught of cool and wet weather. Although the sun is finally shining in Batlow, low temperatures and more than 100 mm received in a week reduced bee activity and thus blossom pollination.

Almost two years on from the black summer bushfires which devastated growers in the region, apple grower Ian Cathles said the wet weather had also increased the risk of fungal disease, apple scab. Cathles, who has had close to 1,200 mm of rain for the year to date, brings 300 beehives into his orchards to try and get as many flowers pollinated as possible.

As reported on, the apples grown in the Batlow region are packaged and marketed through Batlow Apples.


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