Key data about Red Leaf Disorder has been collected on farms across SEQ for the last 3 seasons (2020-2021-2022). There are significant differences in the incidence of RLD between varieties. Further research is required to explore other potential contributing factors including soil types, fumigant usage and runner production systems.
All too often, fruit that doesn’t meet retail specifications ends up rotting in the field or being dumped before ever leaving the farm. This article covers the business operations undertaken by Queensland-based business My Berries which collects surplus strawberries, raspberries and blackberries direct from local farms and processes them into frozen and freeze-dried products ready for both retail and wholesale sales channels.
For some growers, a single variety of a single crop is enough – enough income, enough effort, enough risk! Some others, like SSS Strawberries and Tinaberries, have taken the road less travelled and diversified their operations significantly. While both operations are quite different in scale and approach, what they share is an ongoing commitment to reducing waste, and building resilience in the face of adversity.