Every year billions of dollars worth of horticultural crops Australia-wide, including citrus, pome, stone fruit, grape, berry, tropical fruit and vegetable industries are at risk of fruit fly damage. The presence of fruit fly also restricts international trade because many countries will not accept horticultural produce where fruit fly occurs.
The fruit fly workshops are targeted at all orchardists, orchard managers and advisors and will cover the latest strategies on how to manage the pest.
“Towards the end of last season, populations of Queensland Fruit Fly, mainly in some abandoned blocks, were ignored and allowed to breed causing a significant threat to this season’s crop,” says APAL Technical Manager Angus Crawford.
Fruit growers can employ innovative management techniques to control fruit flies. In the absence of any effective registered topical application products for Queensland Fruit Fly control, growers can adopt Area Wide Management, which includes monitoring, sanitation, lures and baits.
“If all neighbouring orchardists adopt area wide management then fruit fly pressure over the region can be lowered. This will set up a situation where new strategies can be rolled out most effectively such as Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) program,” says Angus.
Fruit fly workshop for Victorian growers
APAL is organising the fruit fly workshop for Shepparton, Victoria, with Horticulture Australia Ltd., and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria, will host the event at the Horticulture Centre of Excellence, Tatura.
Attendees will hear from Dr Eric Jang, an entomologist from the US Department of Agriculture and an international expert on fruit fly.
Guest speakers will include IK Caldwell agronomists, Cameron Forrest and Sam Beggs, who will share their knowledge on managing Queensland Fruit Fly and present their latest monitoring data. Orchardists Doug Brown and Andrew Plunkett will also give personal accounts on how they are now managing the pest.
“This is a good opportunity to make the most of Eric being in the country,” says Angus. “Eric will provide an engaging talk giving an international perspective and help growers get ready for the season ahead with fruit fly now part of the Victorian landscape.”
Lunch will be provided thanks to the support of IK Caldwell.
Date: Wednesday 16 July 2014
Time: 11am – 2pm (Lunch provided)
Location: DEPI Tatura, Victoria
RSVP: 14 July 2014
Key note speaker
Dr Eric Jang is an entomologist from the US Department of Agriculture and an international expert on fruit fly. Eric will bring his hands on research experience in developing commercially rigorous management strategies in Hawaii and will give attendees the right framework to go forward to confidently manage fruit fly on their properties.
- Cameron Forrest & Sam Beggs (IK Caldwell): Managing Queensland Fruit Fly On-Farm
- Andrew Jessup (NSW-DPI): Research update
- Doug Brown (Stonefruit) and Andrew Plunkett (Apple and Pears).: Grower’s perspective
Print the Fruit Fly Workshop Flyer July 2014.
For more information and to RSVP:
Technical Manager, APAL
03 9329 3511
0427 111 852
Fruit fly workshops for SA and NSW growers
The Department of Primary Industries, NSW, will hold a Fruit fly workshop in Orange NSW, 14 Jul and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, SA, will also hold a Fruit fly workshop in Loxton SA, 17 Jul.