Pests, diseases and weeds

Funding to boost WA apples exports

Orchards in Manjimup and Pemberton are part of a new four-year research project aiming to boost exports of Western Australian apples to valuable northern Asian markets by establishing pest management credentials. Dr Rieks Van Klinken, CSIRO, with Pomewest Chair and Manjimup grower Harvey Giblett and Kim James, WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional [...]

By |April 25th, 2018|Exporting, Pests, diseases and weeds|

New IPM Manual on its way

A new integrated pest, diseases and weed management project for the pome fruit industry has kicked off, with Principal Research Scientist David Williams from the Victorian Government heading the work. An updated IPM Manual is in production to help identify and share best IPM practices to help growers to manage pests, diseases and weeds [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Pests, diseases and weeds|

Another Qfly found in Tas as surveillance continues

The detection of one male Queensland fruit fly in the Launceston suburb Mowbray in the State’s north is of significant concern to Tasmania’s apple and pear growers. The presence of fly in a trap is being investigated by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), following a report from a member of [...]

By |April 10th, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Fruit fly challenges for the island state

Mid-January saw news arrive for Tasmanian apple growers that they thought they’d never hear – outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly. Tasmanian apple growers Shane Weeks (lt) and Brett Squibb (rt) are following new protocols to transport their fruit outside the State. From initial reports of detections on Flinders Island in Bass Strait to [...]

By |March 1st, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds, Tasmania|

Reducing fruit fly risk starts with good hygiene practice

Good farm hygiene practices to reduce the risk of Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly) are particularly important at harvest, advises Queensland Fruit Fly Regional Coordinator Yarra Valley Bronwyn Koll. Bronwyn said the increased traffic of people on and off and between farms at harvest could contribute to the spread of fruit fly, and outbreaks posed a very real risk to an apple [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Plans to boost adoption of certified trees

A new project aims to capitalise on the known production benefits of planting apple and pear trees certified under the Australian Pome Fruit Improvement Program (APFIP) by identifying ways to increase their adoption and investigating a more self-sustaining certification system. The new APFIP project aims to capitalise on the known production benefits of planting [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|APFIP, Pests, diseases and weeds, Varieties and rootstock|

Rolling out AWM beyond commercial orchards

Hort Innovation is looking to social research to guide higher adoption of area wide management (AWM), especially among community members in districts close to commercial horticultural production. Managing fruit fly in areas outside of commercial production - such as abandoned orchards and backyard fruit trees - needs a fair, positive and simple approach to [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|Hort Innovation, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Future Orchards trial report: Managing crop load, young Envy

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Managing crop load on young Envy plantings. Region: Tasmania Contact: Sophie Folder (Pear consulting), Nigel Bartels (Serve-Ag) and Ryan Hankin (Hansen Orchards)  

Future Orchards trial report: Max growth in pedestrian orchards

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Maximising growth in young pedestrian orchards. Region: Tasmania Contact: Sophie Folder (Pear consulting)  and Justin Miller (Millers Orchards)  

Future Orchards trial report: Earwigs to control Woolly aphid

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Establishing a population of European Earwigs (Forficula auricularia) in a commercial apple orchard for the biological control of Woolly aphid (Eriosoma lanigerum). Region: Southern Victoria Contact: Jabbar Khan and Angus Crawford  

By |September 26th, 2017|Future Orchards, Pests, diseases and weeds, Victoria|