MICHAEL FLYNN, MANAGER

Michael (right) has been manager at Balmoral since establishment in 1988. Seen here showing the plantation to  local member for Toowoomba South, David Janetzki MP

 

 

TREE TO TABLE - GROWING AVOCADOS ON THE TOOWOOMBA RANGE

  •  HEALTHY CLIMATE - sunny days, cool nights and clear air on the summit of the Great Dividing Range provide ideal conditions for exceptionally slow fruit growth and ripening.

 

  • HEALTHY TREES - slow ripening allows accumulation of phyto-nutrients in the fruit, producing the distinctive “buttery-nutty” flavour for which Balmoral Avocados are renowned. Tree growth and nutrition are supervised by a qualified horticulturist who oversees a continuous program of leaf and soil analysis and fertigation. This ensures optimum tree health and production of fruit of the very highest quality.

  • HEALTHY SOIL - The freely draining, volcanic red soil at Balmoral Orchard provides an ideal, disease-free medium in which to grow avocado trees.

 

  • PLENTIFUL WATER - An abundant supply of fresh water ensures that Balmoral Orchard is fully “drought proofed”.  Run-off surface rain-water is collected by a system of contour banks into dams and this supply is supplemented by bore water if required. 



Balmoral Orchard - top dam

 
 



     Lower plantation                 Bottom dam  

 

 

 

 

  • NATURAL POLLINATION - numerous native "bush" bees are active during flower set in September assisting with pollination.  Also the bees from an on-site apiary aid this process ensuring fruit set.

 

  • FRUIT SET - fruit set in September - October allows fruit to hang for up to 12 months before harvesting, assisting development of maximum flavour in fruit.

          

  • THE HARVEST - all fruit are harvested by hand. The low hanging fruit are harvested by teams of ground pickers, while the high hanging fruit are reached by using Nifty Lift telescopic, slew-boom cherry pickers with a reach of 8m.

                 

The harvested avocados are decanted into bins in the paddock before being moved to the cold-store in the pack-house where they are slowly chilled for 12 hours at 8° C

 

 

 

SUSTAINABLE HORTICULTURE and RENEWABLE ENERGY at BALMORAL ORCHARD

 

At Balmoral Orchard we apply the following agricultural systems and practices which endeavour to preserve and enhance the pristine environment of the farm:

  • Preservation of belts of natural bush-land to surround the plantation blocks
  • Collection of ground water run-off to augment our on-site bore water resource
  • Computerised soil moisture monitoring allowing water conservation
  • Integrated pest management techniques to minimise spray useage
  • Production and application of mulch to conserve water and maintain tree health
  • Use of renewable energy from our two on-site solar energy plants

 

              

                                                

Growing, baling and spreading mulch at Balmoral

 

One of the two solar energy plants at Balmoral


©Balmoral Avocados 2019