New online tools and expertise for apple and pear growers
20 June 2019
A new website is now providing independent, expert advice on integrated pest and disease management (IPDM) to the apple and pear industries and service providers.
Agriculture Victoria and Hort Innovation developed this website in response to an increased interest and need for these industries to reduce chemical use to maintain access to markets and to avoid insects developing chemical resistance.
Agriculture Victoria Principal Research Scientist David Williams said IPDM is a tool that promotes monitoring for pests and disease and sets thresholds for control management.
“IPDM can mean using natural predator insects and orchard management techniques such as weed control. It also means getting smart about what chemicals to use, and when, to avoid wiping out the beneficial insect population,” Mr Williams said.
Through this website, Mr Williams and his Australia-wide specialist team will provide independent, expert and practical advice, as well as tools and the latest research information, furthering the users’ skills and knowledge.
An ‘Ask the Expert’ function is provided so growers or service providers can have their questions on IPDM answered and seek assistance in identifying a pest or disease.
Mr Williams said growers like to learn from other growers, so this website also provides case studies, featuring a grower in each state implementing IPDM and detailing their journey.
“Timely warnings on pest or disease outbreaks, and seasonal reminders on management strategies are published on the site and the group Facebook page,” he said.
“This website is purposely designed for Australia’s growing conditions and orchards.”
The project is funded by Hort Innovation using the Apple and Pear research and development levy and funds from the Australian Government. Agriculture Victoria is delivering the project with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Western Australia Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tasmania’s Institute of Agriculture; and Lenswood Cooperative.
Contact Name: Sarah Hetherington
Contact Number: 0409 405 639
Categorised under: Agriculture,Biosecurity