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TAS Country : April 5th 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012 Tasmanian Country 7 Cor blimey, it's a great season for our apples KAROLIN MacGREGOR CRISP: Spreyton grower Brett Squibb enjoys an apple in his orchard. Picture: CHRIS KIDD TASMANIA'S apple har- vest is in full swing, and after a good growing season, fruit quality across the state is giving growers plenty to smile about. A good winter chill period combined with well- timed rains and relatively settled summer conditions has proved to be the ideal ingredients for top-quality apples. Fruit Growers Tas- mania business develop- ment manager Lucy Gregg said the season was look- ing promising. ''The quality seems to be good, and from reports of what's coming off so far there seem to be some quite good crops,'' she said. ''There were some ear- lier reports of some minor hail damage and some sunburn from those very hot days we got back in February, but apart from that, now that the crop is coming off it's looking very good.'' In the state's north Spreyton apple grower Brett Squibb said that after a busy few weeks they were now enjoying a short break in their harvesting schedule as later varieties ripened. ''We've picked all the golden and gala and they were very good, probably the best quality we've had for a few years,'' he said. ''We just have to wait now until our next varieties are ready to go.'' Mr Squibb said a good winter with plenty of chill hours had helped boost apple quality this season. ''We actually had a pro- per winter, which we haven't had for a few years,'' he said. ''There were plenty of frosts and nice cold nights which the trees need, so once we got to spring and things started to warm up everything just woke up and started growing.'' Mr Squibb said rain through spring was well timed for flowering and fruit set. ''The fruit is a good size and good colour this year,'' he said. ''We normally have good colour in our fruit because we don't get the extremes in temperatures they do on the mainland and even down the Huon, because it can get pretty hot down there at times.'' Ms Gregg said while most growers were happy with how the harvest season was progressing, market conditions were not quite so positive. ''I think fruit is a bit slow to move at this time and there are a number of reasons why that could be,'' she said. Mr Squibb added: ''It's all about supply and de- mand and when you have good crops there is just more fruit that is around so prices normally aren't as good.'' News The offer to end all offers Ends June 30 2012 The summer s biggest blockbuster will be even bigger in autumn. From April through to June 2012, you can take advantage of an unbelievable offer across our entire tractor range -- from our utility TT through to the broadacre powerhouse T9 4EWD. You ll marvel at the standard 3-year warranty -- be awed by our 3% finance rate*. Critics say the styling, ergonomics and technology of our range is inspiring , award winning , the best yet . But there s only one way to find out for yourself. Visit brightfuture.com.au/3Dsuperdeals now and see how you can take part in all the action. But hurry, these must-see super deals are only around for 3 short months. 3Year warranty 3% Finance 3Month limited offer Own a bright future *30% deposit, 3 year term monthly repayments. Offer is available to business customers only and subject to credit approval. Terms and conditions apply. Contact your local dealership for full details.
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