Current preferred varieties of almonds grown in Australia are still heavily reliant on cross pollination to provide high yields of good size and quality nuts on a consistent year on year basis.
As you should already know from previous articles, OrchardNet® is designed to have a precise focus on key information specifically relating to individual variety blocks within orchards. This drilling down of data allows for more informed decision making potential when creating individual block management plans to optimise overall orchard performance.
Another area that can be just as influential on overall profitability in an almond orchard is the combined effect that each of the different variety blocks has on the total production site area. It is possible to have the best performing block of one variety, but due to the overall orchard makeup, the combined total could still be below expectation due to the different pollinator blocks not performing.
I would like to cover off two reports that are specifically looking at the production site level of an almond orchard in OrchardNet®. To view the production site reports you need to be at the company/orchard or production site level in OrchardNet®.
I have again used the Almond Demo block Nutville for my example if you would like to understand the numbers further please go to the demo site:
username – almond
Password – ausnuts
All of the numbers in the Almond Demo are fictional results made up to help explain how the system can be used with high quality factual almond data.
Block Profit Summary
We have already covered off Block Profit Summary report in Article 3, but as a refresher it is an internal report for an almond business that uses actual costs, returns and production to create profitability per ha, by year, across each variety block and then grouped to give a production site total.
When looking at the 2013 season (Figure 1) the Sth Carmel block has the highest profit per Ha of $13,119 but the average of this production site is $10,456 profit per ha due to the lower results of the Sth Price block ($6,712).
The East Carmel block had a return of $12,214 but the Nonpareil on the block has an average profit per ha of $9,195 giving an overall production site profitability of $10,705, making it the highest profit per Ha production site in this example for 2013.
It is also important to look at profitability over time across the production sites. There was a 3 year average profit per Ha for the East production site of $10,108 and the South production site was $7,820.
Once you start to see the differences between blocks you can then try to understand why good blocks are good and poor blocks are poor, and aim to focus on where improvements can be made.
I can see this report being very useful in the future when looking at overall block performance and helping to optimise new block planting strategies.
Block Analysis Production Site Summary
This report uses your actual kernel size, kernel quality, kernel crackout % and gross production across all of the variety blocks that make up a production site to produce an industry benchmarking report of production site profitability. The report uses an industry average cost structure and industry average estimated returns.
This report only shows one selected year at a time but can give a good indication of the profitability of different planting scenarios across the industry, and show the effect this can have on overall production site profitability.
Grower’s production sites are ranked against all of the data that exists in that year in the database. The production and profit information is shown for other blocks but individual growers are only able to identify their own individual production sites with their correct names.
With industry average costs and returns used (determined by the ABA), this report (Figure 2) is showing the South production site with an average profit per Ha of $17,807.
At the time of writing this article the information in the database is relatively limited and the South production site is currently 9th on a profit per ha ranking. The demo orchard could be very proud of getting $17,807 / ha but $35,279 would be a great target to aim for.
As you can see Block 1 and Block 3 do not have descriptions against the production site and this is information that has been entered by another grower.
In the next article we will target getting the best out of the Metric area of OrchardNet®.