Yearly Archives: 2017

How hot?

Written by : Posted on July 12, 2017 : No Comments

I found this interactive temperature map and it prompted a post to direct ATGA members to the GrowWIKI. (Prompt, prompt)

This only uses a selection of Capital Cities but it only takes a small bit of shifting to suggest that Manjimup 34°.24 is almost on the same latitude as Adelaide 34° 92. Concrete and traffic laden cities are different of course to nice green countryside. (Read the background in the box that pops up “What about…” to see the maps modelling). But given another 80 years most of our children will be living in major cities if the trends continue, so this may be just an idea of what your kids summer will be like while they’re waiting for the weekend to get back to that truffle paddock their parents left them.

It’s the winter temperature ranges we’re more sensitive to for truffle growing, we need cold hours to force the ripening and the WIKI has that data.

Below is our ‘ideal’ growing areas overlay-ed in green on an average winter temperature map from the Bureau of Meteorology.

As always, higher altitude changes suitability and coastal areas are often tempered by the sea mass (which means they are subject to oceans warming).

 

To join this discussion, and for more data, see the GrowWIKI.   Choose Site Selection and Average Temperature maps. 

FH.

2017 ATGA Members Pests and Diseases Roadshow

Written by : Posted on June 14, 2017 : Comments Off on 2017 ATGA Members Pests and Diseases Roadshow

Truffle Pest & Disease project – Research extension – Winter 2017

Aim

To update Australian truffle producers on progress and future plans within the RIRDC project “Pests and diseases of truffles and their host trees in Australia”.

The road show
Team members of the Pests and Diseases Project will visit regional centres of truffle growing districts across Australia (see proposed itinerary below).
At the talks, there will be hands-on pest collections to demonstrate the array of pests, beneficial and benign agents found in Australian truffle orchards. At these ATGA Member only meetings, you are invited to bring to the samples of any pests/diseases they want to discuss and/or identified (except at Dandenongs and Sutton meetings which will be held on truffières).
Growers will have the opportunity for direct interaction with project team members.
Because the meetings are at the same time of year as truffle harvest and sales, the sessions are proposed to start at 2.00 p.m. and go no longer than 2 hours.
As well as attending these meetings, Stewart Learmonth from WA will be requesting visits to truffle orchards during harvest to further build knowledge of pests.
Proposed itinerary

*Location Date People
AD SL CL AM AS
Manjimup 23 & 25June X X X
Sutton 4 July X X X
Bathurst 6 July X X X X
Dandenongs 11 July X X X
Launceston/Deloraine 13 July X X

*Location:  Precise details on the venues will be advised soon.
#People: AD = Alan Davey; SL =Stewart Learmonth; CL = Celeste Linde; AM = Anne Mitchell; AS = Ainsley Seago.

Afternoon Tea
Please bring a thermos to share

RSVP
Please note, except for the Manjimup meetings, the number of attendees at each meeting will be limited to 20 ATGA Members.

Please be sure to make a reservation:
WESTERN AUSTRALIA   COMPLETED
Bookings for the 3-5 pm 23 June seminar at the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) offices in Manjimup are through Anne Mitchell, via email anne.mitchell@agric.wa.gov.au. This event is supported by DAFWA, Truffle Producers WA (TPWA), and Manjimup Underground.

Some of the experts will also be part of  the Truffle Growers Forum at the Truffle Kerfuffle 8-11.30am Sunday 25 June. Bookings are via the Truffle Kerfuffle website. This event is supported by DAFWA, the Truffle Kerfuffle Inc., TPWA, and Manjimup Underground.

DAFWA Offices
28527 Southwest Hwy
Manjimup (6kms south of town)
Stewart Learmonth 9777 0000

SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES
Wayne Haslam (Sutton)
Blue Frog Truffle Farm
63 Goolabri Dr, Sutton NSW 2620
RSVP Alan Davey 0407 404 447 or at alan-davey@grapevine.net.au
No pest samples please

NORTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES:
Richard Austen (Bathurst)             0419 868 666
Bathurst Library Meeting Room
70-78 Keppel St, Bathurst. Ph (02) 6333 6281.
RSVP Richard Austen at rausten@hartleycorporate.com.au

VICTORIA:
Colin Carter (Dandenongs)           (03) 5968 1092; 0409 717 401
Please ring Colin for address details.
RSVP Colin Carter  colin@trufficulture.com.au
No pest samples please

TASMANIA:
Marcus Jessup (Launceston/Deloraine) 0417 112 655
Bush Inn Hotel Restaurant
7 Bass Highway, Deloraine. Ph (03) 6362 2365.
RSVP Marcus Jessup marcus@tamarvalleytruffles.com.au

 

June Newsletter online

Written by : Posted on June 11, 2017 : 1 Comment

And it’s linked on the Members Newsletters page. I’ve added a few (?) items that we haven’t had available.

This is a good resource for new members to see what activities the ATGA are involved in.

 

Members of the VTSIG (Victorian Trufflegrowers Special Interest Group) at Daylesford in May 2017

NSW ATGA Members Grading workshop

Written by : Posted on May 26, 2017 : Comments Off on NSW ATGA Members Grading workshop

Grading workshop at Hartley Truffles 2015

Producing Members’ Workshop:  

Grading and Handling Truffle

Monday 12th June, 2015 (Holiday weekend)

10.30 for 11.00 am

Venue:  Hartley Truffles,  Great Western Highway HARTLEY NSW

Important: We’d like you to bring some of your truffle if you can for grading.

This workshop is sponsored for members, and tea, coffee and light lunch provided.

This workshop will discuss truffle grading and handling aligning grades with the Truffle Grading Standard approved by the Association.

RSVP  to Richard Austen richard@trufflegrowers.com.au for directions and more details.

 

 

Great Southern Truffles Services for 2017

Written by : Posted on April 27, 2017 : Comments Off on Great Southern Truffles Services for 2017

Member advertisment

Great Southern Truffles is excited to offer a complete
Searching,
Grading,
and Handling service
to ensure your 2017 harvest reaches is full potential.

Searching: Hunting, led by Damon Boorman, one of Australia’s most experienced Truffle Hunters, will provide you with the knowledge to guide you into selecting the ripest of truffles, optimising your truffle harvest.

Grading: Our internationally trained Mycologist, Federico Paci, will work closely with our sales team to grade and present your truffles.

Handling: As one of Australia’s leading distributors worldwide we offer to purchase all grades of truffles, which will guarantee that your truffles can be sold direct to market, for chef’s around the world to enjoy. Our aim is to Minimise your workload, and Maximise your yields which means the world can enjoy more Australian Black Winter Truffles.

To discuss how we can maximise your investment call: Adam Wilson on 0413 626 244 or email adam@greatsoutherntruffles.com.au

Our website: www.greatsoutherntruffles.com.au

 

Plant Health Australia Photo Competition

Attention Members! In an effort to promote the benefits of a strong plant biosecurity system, Plant Health Australia is running the Bountiful Harvest photo competition, with two vouchers for the RM Williams store as prizes:  $300 to the winner and $150 to the runner up. It’s open to all Australian residents aged 18 or over, and we’re seeking digital images of some aspect of plant production – the crops that produce food and fibre – anywhere in Australia.  Entries close 10 March 2017. 

You can submit a photo (see terms and conditions here) to be in the running to win.

More information at  http://www.planthealthaustralia.com.au/bountiful-harvest-photo-competition/

Good Luck!