horticulture

The Traprock region’s location allows a niche for tree and vine crops due to the climatic conditions being warmer than the Granite Belt region to the east.

Some members of the Traprock Group have had the need to look closely at industries allowing diversification which would blend with their existing livestock enterprises. In some areas of the Traprock there is granite–type soils which were first used for growing stonefruit in the 1970s. As time and experimentation has progressed there are now stonefruit trees growing in traprock soils along with wine and table grapes.

Proximity to domestic markets in Brisbane and Sydney have enabled the stonefruit industry to grow from being smaller ventures into more significant operations working together to enhance their marketing opportunities.

Wine grapes are grown in the higher areas to produce berries suited to the local wineries to be blended with varieties grown on the Granite Belt. Table grapes are grown on a smaller scale for marketing in the domestic arena.

In recent times we have seen the introduction of plum growing for the purpose of juice production from a variety high in anti-oxidants. This industry will see the use of different technology and methods from the stonefruit grown for eating purposes.

The horticultural industries of the Traprock region have brought with them employment opportunities which are predominantly seasonal workers from overseas. An extended understanding and use of water has been part of the learning curve for members who have ventured into these areas.

The Horticulture Committee was formed at the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the Traprock Group.

Members meet regularly in an informal setting to share ideas around tree nutrition, pesticide use and tree development, but any issue is welcome for discussion with a view to improving production practices.

Chair Horticulture Committee:
Angus Ferrier
Phone: 07 4685 6154
Email: angus@rosemaryhill.com.au