CONTENTSSUMMER 2023/24 ■ VOL.58 NO.04 38 UPFRONT 04 CEO report 06 President report 09 News Latest updates for our industry this season. 14 Q&A Talking with storage stalwart Anthony Scaffidi. 16 Roadtest Queensland grower Troy Qualichefski on his FarmDroid. FEATURES 18 Green Chemistry Dr Ramiz Boulos on developing the world’s first woolbased soil system. The secret is in the amino acids. 23 Hort on Tour Learn what the AUSVEG ATMAC European Study Tour group took from its travels. 28 Two-Day Tech Hub Why EvokeAG is a hotbed of world-leading tech, innovation and investors. . GROWER 34 Patane Factor Pennie and Lauren Patane of the Myalup Strip. 38 Taste of Summer Getting creative with seasonal vegetables, stonefruit and Dirty Clean Food meats. BUSINESS 44 Growing Success WAHU wrap-up: what happened when WA’s leading hort event hosted the industry. 48 Dishing the Dirt Why soils ain’t soils: vegetablesWA Chi Nguyen on good microbes and bacteria. 52 Opinion Stephen Brown on pricing and the majors. 34 54 Compliance Fair Farms’ five steps. 56 Quality Assurance Joel Dinsdale binges on Netflix’s Rotten series. 58 Risky Business Chi Nguyen on risk management. 60 Irrigation Helen Newman on DIY bleaching for success. 51 Vietnamese Translation irrigation. POMEWEST 62 Update 66 Soluna takes Hong Kong Marketing initiatives to introduce the bravo apple into Asia. 68 Tickled Pink Dr Helen Cripps travels the pink lady export route. WA CITRUS 72 Update 74 Go Digital Downloading biosecurity sign-ins and more. 77 Citrus on Show Where citrus has been promoted this year. 78 Get the Goss on Gall Wasp What you need to know. STONEFRUIT WA 80 Update PERMITS 84 Minor-use permits listing. 28 Photography Frances Andrijich Cover Pennie and Lauren Patane of Patane Produce, p34.