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Prepare early for Qfly management

Pest and Disease Management

Higher-than-average rainfall and humidity around the country are providing ideal conditions for Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) populations to flourish. As we head into late spring, it’s important for growers in high-risk locations to continue to monitor for Qfly and start preventative control  measures such as baiting, male annihilation technique (MAT) and farm hygiene.

With overseas-manufactured bait potentially in short supply due to Covid-related supply chain issues, growers are advised to stocktake their bait supply and check availability with their agricultural supply agent sooner rather than later. Australian manufacturers of bait and items have reported a stable supply.

In addition to these tips for Qfly control as we head into spring, here are some more measures to put in place right now to reduce risk on your orchard:

 

  • Practice good farm biosecurity.
  • Install Qfly monitoring traps, monitor weekly and share the results with neighbours, land managers, industry bodies, regional Qfly coordinator, agronomists, state department of a
  • Take action early to prevent Qfly numbers increasing beyond a manageable level.
  • Remove potential host plants around the production area of the orchard, particularly fruit trees not in commercial production that are not managed, such as includes blackberries, cherry plums, peaches and nectarines, apricots and plums, figs, prickly pear, quinces, apples and pears, lemons and oranges.
  • Remove potential host plants nearby. If you have a host plant near you on land that is managed by local council or by your state’s parks, water or roads management organisation, report this to the relevant body or land manager to encourage the removal of this plant or an appropriate management strategy.

State governments and local councils have also been ramping up Qfly awareness and prevention campaigns ahead of summer.

Further reading

Reducing fruit fly risk starts with good hygiene practice

Systems-based approach gives good Qfly control

National strategy for managing fruit fly released

New website for Qfly management

Useful links

National Fruit Fly Council – Prevent Fruit Fly

Agriculture Victoria – Queensland Fruit Fly

Fruit Growers Victoria (FGV) – technical advice and online resources

Keep the Yarra Valley Fruit Fly Free

Biosecurity Tasmania – updates on recent detection and general fruit fly information

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Business Queensland – Farms, fishing and forestry

WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development 

SA Department of Primary Industries and Regions

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