A series of free workshops to be held across growing regions in August and September will give growers the opportunity to hear from leading entomologists on how they can use Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) to help maintain orchard health and viability.
The nine workshops will focus on pests and diseases affecting local orchards in each state, including control measures and chemical interactions.
They form part of the An Integrated Pest, Disease and Weed Management Program for the Australian Apple and Pear Industry levy-funded project delivered under the management of Agriculture Victoria entomologist, David Williams, recognized nationally and internationally for expertise in IPDM development and adoption.
This project will also deliver an updated IPDM Manual (formerly IPM): New IPM Manual on its way (20 April, 2018)
David will be the key speaker at the nine workshops being held around Australia in August and September.
David will be joined by local experts and fellow entomologist, Christopher Adams, from Michigan State University.
Orchardists will hear case studies of successful IPDM initiatives and be guided through a process of developing their individual IPDM plans for the coming season.
Participants will also have an opportunity to identify a local pest or disease management issue for further study and will be provided feedback on a recently released IPDM manual.
21 August, 12pm-3.30pm – Agriculture Victoria, Tatura, Vic
22 August, 10.30am-2pm – Agribio, Bundoora, Vic
23 August, 9am-12.30pm – The Grange, Campbell Town, Tas
28 August, 8.30am –12.30pm – Lenswood Bowling Club, Lenswood, SA
29 August, 11am-3pm – Balingup Recreation Centre, Balingup, WA
30 August, 11am-3pm – The Lesmurdie Club, Walliston, WA
4 September, 1pm-5pm – Batlow RSL Club, Batlow, NSW
5 September, 1pm-5pm – Orange Agricultural Institute Training Centre, Orange, NSW
6 September, 2.30-5.30pm – Applethorpe Research Facility, Applethorpe, Qld
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The workshops are part of the IPDM project funded by Hort Innovation using the Apple and Pear research and development levy and funds from the Australian Government.
The Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is delivering the project in collaboration with Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Western Australia Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tasmania’s Institute of Agriculture; and Lenswood Co operative.