Chemical use

Grant offers hope to register product for Alternaria disease

In a recent development for apple growers concerned about the disease-causing fungus Alternaria, the Australian Government will fund research to support the registration of the crop protection product Switch (Cyprodinil and Fludioxonil) for Alternaria. The funding was announced under Round 3 of the Australian Government’s AgVet Chemical Grants Program to improve farmers’ access to agvet [...]

National Residue Survey results 2016-17

The NRS found "Australian primary producers continue to demonstrate a high degree of good agricultural practice." The apple and pear industry has once again demonstrated its commitment to food safety and minimising residues with the latest National Residue Survey results showing a 98 per cent compliance level in apples and pears tested in [...]

By |January 3rd, 2018|Chemical use, National Residue Survey|

NRS to test for metals and microbes from Jan 2018

The Apple & Pear National Residue Survey (NRS) will be expanded from January this year to include microbiological and heavy metals screening in addition to the existing pesticide residue analysis  to reflect growing demands for more comprehensive food safety data. The expansion of the program will enable the full suite of tests to now be [...]

By |January 3rd, 2018|Chemical use, Levies, Market access, National Residue Survey, News|

Exporters to EU advised iprodione approval to end in 2018

Australian growers exporting to the European Union are being advised to immediately cease using products containing the active constituent iprodione following an EU decision to withdraw approval for the substance from next year. EU members states have been given until June 2018 to withdraw authorisation for iprodione use, following the EU decision on 14 November 2017 [...]

By |December 19th, 2017|Chemical use, Exporting, Post-harvest diseases and disorders|

Limiting chemical residues on apples and pears

The apple and pear industry closely monitors chemical residues on its fruit and, since independent monitoring came into place in 1998, has consistently demonstrated high compliance with approved chemical residue limits.     Apple and pear growers may use different chemical products to protect their trees and fruit from pests, diseases and weeds. This is to [...]

By |June 9th, 2017|Chemical use, Hot topics|

2016 National Residue Survey – apples and pears

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released the 2015-16 National Residue Survey for apples and pears showing ongoing high compliance. In 2015–16 a total of 282 apple and 94 pear samples were collected and analysed and the results were compared with the relevant Australian standards. The overall compliance rate in this period was [...]

By |May 17th, 2017|Chemical use, National Residue Survey, News|

European Union MRL change to bifenthrin use

Australian apple and pear growers looking to export to the European Union this year need to be aware of a reduced Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) for bifenthrin, an insecticide control. The European Union are lowering their bifenthrin MRL for apples and pears from 0.3 mg/kg to 0.01 mg/kg which should take effect Wednesday, 23 August 2017. In [...]

By |April 26th, 2017|Chemical use, News|

Are chemical thinners necessary?

Spring is here and thinning is on everyone’s mind – but are chemical thinners really necessary or even the best way to manage your crop load? https://youtu.be/SwOSnqoS5t4 Crop load management is the single most important practice determining the annual profitability of apple orchards, yet it is the most difficult. Whilst our knowledge of chemical thinning [...]

By |September 27th, 2016|Chemical use, PIPS, Vigour, crop load and thinning|

Ethephon, enhancing colour in apples

Ethephon has a range of valuable uses in the orchard, but we need to carefully consider how and when it is used to enhance colour because its use before harvest can affect other fruit quality traits and long-term storage potential. By Angus Crawford Ethephon can be part of your management to improve colour, but [...]

By |May 17th, 2016|Chemical use, Fruit quality and monitoring|

Minor use permit issued for Polyram

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has issued an updated minor use permit for the active constituent metiram (PER12864) for use on apples to control Alternaria species. The permit was due to expire on 30 June 2016, but will now expire 30 June 2021. Polyram®, which contains metiram, has full registration for the [...]

By |May 10th, 2016|Chemical use, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|