By Geoff Dickinson, Senior Horticulturist, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mareeba
The official Facebook page of the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) is Queensland Agriculture. The page aims to connect with primary producers and industry members, providing information about key issues, innovations, upcoming events and research outcomes in the state.
Over the next 12 months, keep an eye out for a new QDAF social media initiative, Queensland Mango Moments, which will be found on Queensland Agriculture. Every month, we’ll feature a post, showcasing the current phenological stage of north Queensland mango trees, together with a short story and information link, describing current management considerations.
The first post came out in June and described dormancy and nutrition. Kaila Ridgway, QDAF’s new Development Horticulturist at Mareeba, was featured inspecting Honey Gold leaves at Sam and Kylie Collins’ orchard Blushing Acres at Dimbulah. The July post described flower initiation and heat sum calculations, with Sergio Zugno pictured with the first mango flowers at Adrian and Alfina Zugnos’ orchard Samdara at Mutchilba. The August post described peak flowering, early fruit set and disease management. Farm manager Matt Fealy’s daughter Lexi, was featured with Kensington Pride flowers at the Blue Sky Produce orchards at Mareeba.
Why not ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ Queensland Agriculture and have a browse?
Queensland Mango Moments is an activity run by the research and development department of integrated crop management for mango in Australia and the Philippines. The project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research and QDAF. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.