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|

Future Orchards trial report: Mealy bug control options

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: Mealy bug control options. Region: Stanthorpe, Qld Contact: Stephen Tancred  

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

Future Orchards trial report: Nematode infestations in NSW

Download the final report for the Future Orchards® trial: How widespread is nematode infestation in developing orchards at Orange and Batlow. What are the population levels and the major Genera present? Region: Orange and Batlow, NSW Contact: Kevin Dodds and Adam Coleman  

By |September 26th, 2017|Future Orchards, NSW-ACT, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Transform™ use extended for control of San José scale       

Transform™ Insecticide, a DOW AgroSciences product, has now been approved for control of San José scale for pomefruit including apples, pears and nashi.  The product is registered in pomefruit for the control of woolly aphid, apple dimpling bug, longtailed mealybug and tuber mealybug. The change also extends use to avocados, macadamia and strawberry.  Citrus has [...]

By |September 20th, 2017|News, Pests, diseases and weeds|