New cultivar trials
New Zealand Avocado is running new cultivar trials (planted 2009-2013) in commercial orchards in the Bay of Plenty and Whangarei. Trees in the trial blocks are assessed regularly in order to evaluate their performance and determine their suitability for commercial use in New Zealand conditions. Tree traits which are assessed include trunk diameter, flush activity, flower intensity and health. Harvest assessments are also undertaken in order to evaluate the yield produced by each tree and the fruit size produced. Cultivars under assessment in the trials are:
- Hass (comparative variety)
- Duke 7
- Zutano (comparative variety)
PGP New Cultivars Working Groups consisting of growers and rural professionals have been set up in Whangarei and Bay of Plenty in order to collaboratively look at different aspects of new cultivar varieties on commercial orchards in their respective regions. In order to make information more widely available, in collaboration with the working group profiles have been created for each of the trial orchards containing information on the trial and assessment data. These can be found below.