Pre-Conference Tour

Citrus Australia members can now register for a special two-day tour through Sunraysia and the Riverland to see technology and innovation applied on farm and in packing sheds.

E.E. Muir & Sons and FMC will partner with Citrus Australia for this tour, held exclusively for Citrus Australia members.

The tour will be held on Monday and Tuesday, March 4-5, as a prelude to the 2019 Citrus Technical Forum. Participants will board a bus in Mildura on Monday morning and travel through the Riverland, arriving in Adelaide Tuesday afternoon.

There is a limited number of places available so we advise securing your place quickly by clicking the “Register Here!” button below. These tours have proven very popular in past years.

Tour participants will visit:

  • Mildura Fruit Company, Mildura. General Manager, Perry Hill and his team will show new technology advancements in their new mandarin packing line.
  • DPI Research Station, Dareton, NSW. Researchers Tahir Khurshid and Dave Monks will describe the results to date of their deficit irrigation trial; provide an overview of recent evaluation work; and discuss new rootstocks.
  • Costa Fruits, Kangara, SA. Citrus Director, Richie Roberts, will lead a tour of the packing shed and farm. Matt Strmiska from California, USA will give advice on setting up and calibrating spray rigs. Geoff Cornwell from FMC will discuss efficacy of Exeril and the importance of agchem rotation.
  • Ben Haslett, Woolenook, SA, to view a smaller scale packing line that handles a range of horticulture produce besides his mandarins.
  • Nippy’s factory, Moorook, SA. View the innovative new production line as part of a site visit.
  • Pyap Produce, Loxton, SA. Ryan Arnold will host a tour of his family’s farm, including the permanent netting over 16ha of trees.
  • The tour will arrive in Adelaide on Tuesday afternoon, in time for the Citrus Australia AGM, held over a VIP dinner (free for members, registration required) at the Adelaide Convention Centre, overlooking the River Torrens, with a talk from Tasmanian hops grower, Oliver Ward, and a tasting of beers with commentary on the various hops and techniques used.

See the full program here!

Please note, the tour buses will not return to Mildura.

Citrus Australia reserves the right to change tour details closer to the date if required.

The tour is free but participants will have to pay for their own breakfast and a lunch. E.E. Muirs & Sons and FMC will host a dinner on the Monday night.

Participants need to arrange their own accommodation in Mildura (March 3, Sunday night) and Renmark on Monday night. Citrus Australia has a block booking at the Renmark Hotel for Monday evening, March 4. To book a room, call the Renmark Hotel on 08 8586 6755 and mention you are part of the Citrus Australia event.

Please note, tour participants must wear appropriate footwear (closed toe shoes).

The opportunity to take part in the tour is exclusive to Citrus Australia members. If you would like to become a member of Citrus Australia, or learn more on the benefits to your business, contact Shay Linder-Auricht on (03) 5023 6333.

The Citrus Australia team is finalising the program for the two-day Citrus Technical Forum, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Wednesday and Thursday, March 6-7. All growers can register here.