Victoria produces a significant percentage of Australia's stone fruit output, including peaches (81 per cent), nectarines (66 per cent), apricots (64 per cent), and cherries (40 per cent).
In Victoria, the gross value of production of fruit (excluding grapes) in 2008-09 was $810 million. This included $230 million from stone fruit ($64 million for peaches; $58 million for nectarines; $44 million for cherries and $14.2 million for apricots).
- Recovery from Hail Damage - Stone fruit
- Maturity Testing of Stone fruit
- Chill Units of Stone fruit
- Trickle irrigation: the water needs of young peach trees
- Irrigation requirements: Peach and nectarine orchards
- Closer planting of peach trees in Goulburn Valley orchards
- Dry Season Information: Stone fruit
- Phytophthora root and trunk rot of pome and Stone fruit
Profitable stone fruit: Latest research from Agriculture Victoria
A modern stone fruit research orchard has been established at DEDJTR-Tatura to investigate field management practices conducive to fruit quality outcomes consistent with consumer expectations.
Long-term experiments will examine effects of crop load, rootstock and irrigation management and canopy training systems in peach, nectarine, plum and apricot.
The agronomic studies will be supplemented by sensory research, consumer preference investigations and incorporate new non-destructive measurement technologies to monitor fruit quality along the supply chain.