CALENDAR

SEE HOW YOUR TREES GROW THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

January Any final harvest machinery maintenance and orchard harvest preparation is completed. Late summer fungicides applied. Final weed spray applied in preparation for harvest.
February Mid to late February harvest commences with almond shaking. Fertiliser applications are applied. Dry weight accumulation in the kernel is completed by mid-February and the almonds reach maximum weight. Operational planning and budgeting for the next financial year commences.
March Harvest in progress all month, starting with the varieties Non Pareil and Price. Water use starts to decline from mid-March onwards.
April Finish Carmel harvest by late April, weather permitting. Start transporting Non Pareil to the almond cracker. Weed control and pruning commences in late April/early May. Bee hive numbers confirmed and secured for supply in August.
May Continue transporting almonds to Almondco for processing and marketing. Continue the pruning program. Commence pre-harvest maintenance for the following harvest. Post-harvest fungicide and nutritional sprays are applied. Late May total leaf drop is completed with the application of overhead sprays just prior to the trees going into dormancy in June. Operational plans and budgets completed for the next financial year.
June

Finish the transporting of almonds to the cracker. Continuing pruning the trees and applying weedicide sprays. Start irrigation maintenance and repairs on river and dam pumps and the orchard system. Operational plan and budgets reviewed and approved.

July Beehives start arriving in early August. Pruning completed. Mite, fungicide and nutritional sprays are applied to the trees.
August Orchards flower from early to late August and the bees are busy pollinating the crop. Fertiliser applications start. Water use by the trees starts to increase as dormancy breaks, temperatures start to rise and the trees start to grow. Weedicide sprays ongoing. Frost risk starts.
September Beehives removed early September. Fertiliser applications continue and weekly foliar spraying underway. Irrigations are more frequent and the daily run time starts to increase. Nut set is in progress and seed length extension starts. Main frost risk period.
October Weekly fertiliser applications and foliar spraying continues. Daily irrigations occur for increasing periods of the day. Seed length extension is completed and dry weight accumulation starts. Frost risk continues but at a lower level. Summer pruning starts to remove water shoots in the trees.
November The spring fertiliser program finishes. Fungicide sprays are applied as late spring rains occur. Frost risk ends after the first week of November.
December Pre harvest maintenance completed and orchard floor preparation for harvest commences. Water use starts to peak and the irrigation system works at design capacity to supply enough water to the trees during hot weather. Skeleton staff continues irrigating the trees during the Christmas break.