New carbohydrate project seeks grower participation

Did you know that the interaction of light and temperature around flowering could influence your fruit set and yield?

What if you could use weather data to help make a yield prediction?

QAAFI’s Anthony Van Herwaarden wants the opportunity to test this theory in the avocado industry and is seeking growers who are interested to put their hand up.

 Click here to register your interest – open until Monday, 5 October.

Grower’s commitment – providing consecutive years of yield data, an indication of flowering time, preferably irrigated, but reliable rainfall is okay, and some standard orchard practice information. All data provided by growers will remain confidential and a confidentiality agreement can be entered into if desired.

In return for sharing this information, participants will be provided with a summary of the findings from their farm, highlighting regional differences.

Your participation in this process is very much appreciated and will make the outcomes of this Hort Innovation avocado levy-funded project practical and relevant.

The project Carbohydrate monitoring to predict yield and understanding fruit set (AV19006) is examining the methods and tools needed to monitor carbohydrate status in avocado orchards, as a way of predicting yield and understanding fruit set. It is led by the CSIRO in co-operation with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI). QAAFI is an alliance between The University of Queensland and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

More information

Contact QAAFI’s Dr Anthony van Herwaarden on 0438 983 227 or Liz Singh, Avocados Australia Industry Development Manager, on 0499 854 111 (Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm).


The Carbohydrate monitoring to predict yield and understanding fruit set (AV19006) project is funded by Hort Innovation, using the avocado research and development levy, and contributions from the Australian Government.

Hort Innovation - Strategic Levy Investment (Avocado Fund)


This article was prepared for the Guacamole of 18 September 2020.

Author: Avocados Australia
Date Published: 16/09/2020