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.
One of the key aims of the project is to update the industry’s existing integrated pest management (IPM) Manual.
The new manual will have a greater focus on the integration of management practices that optimise monitoring and management of pests and diseases. Regional differences in pests and diseases will also be taken into consideration, with the project delivering region-specific guidelines and training for growers and advisors.
A revised manual could be used to improve the ability and capacity of growers to develop and maintain pest-resilient farming systems using IPM and generally improve uptake of IPM practices. It will provide clear knowledge of the tools and systems required to implement IPM, which involves the effective combination of chemical, cultural and biological methods to control pests, diseases and other undesirables in a whole-of-system approach.
The project will also provide support in adopting IPM tools and practices. Training will be conducted in each apple- and pear-growing state, with participants using their new skills and knowledge to conduct case studies on either their own orchards or, in the case of consultants and advising agronomists, client orchards. Participants will be supported during and after their training through online access to an ‘ask-an-expert’ service and other web-based and hard copy materials.
A stakeholder advisory group will also provide input and guidance to the project on behalf of key stakeholders to assist the project in meeting its stated objectives.
For more information contact David Williams on firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 5833 5266.
This project is a strategic levy investment under the Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Fund. It is funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear levy and funds from the Australian Government and is delivered by the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland; the Department of Primary Industries, NSW; Primary Industries and Regional Development, WA; the University of Tasmania; and Lenswood Cooperative.