Thrip damage to flower buds (Pests of Pome and Stone Fruit and their Predators and Parasitoids, Agriculture Victoria)
Apple and pear flowers are susceptible to attack … Read More
Australian plague thrip, plague thrips, thrips, western flower thrips
Carpophilus beetle (or Driedfruit beetle) is being seen in the Goulburn Valley (Vic) at the moment and is known to increase in numbers after a … Read More
Control of mealybugs is notoriously difficult because their waxy secretions reduce penetration by insecticides. In apples and pears, mealybugs also hide in the calyx end … Read More
earwigs, mealy bug, Mealybug
Are you prepared for mealybug this season? Has your control strategy been working, or are there important gaps to address? When planning your next steps … Read More
mealy bug, Mealybug
A whole ‘system’ approach is required for fruit fly management. By this we mean:
Protein bait sprays
The Manage Queensland Fruit fly brochure from Hort Innovation … Read More
bait spray, baiting, male annihilation, MAT, protein bait sprays, QFF, Queensland fruit fly
To calculate Cumulative Leaf Infested Days (CLIDs) you need to first monitor weekly or fortnightly using the 10 leaves / tree method and calculate the … Read More
CLID, CLID's, Cumulative leaf infested days, leaf scorch, mites, monitoring
European Red Mite (ERM), Two Spotted Mites (TSM) and Bryobia mites all commonly affect apple and pear orchards.
David Williams (Principal Researcher, Agriculture Victoria) discusses how … Read More
Bryobia mite, CLID's, Cumulative leaf infested days, European Red Mite (ERM), mites, monitoring, predator mites, Two-spotted mite
Some orchards spray for light brown apple moth (LBAM) very early in the season – often when they catch the first LBAM.
However the ideal time … Read More
LBAM, light brown apple moth
Granulosis virus is widely used by organic growers to control Codling Moth (CM) and increasingly orchardists are using it to reduce pesticide use.
It does … Read More
codling moth, granulosis virus
If you have seen LBAM (larvae or adults) in the field our research team at Agriculture Victoria are very keen to hear from you.
As part … Read More
LBAM, Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM)
Codling moth larvae will be breaking diapause, pupating and then emerging as adult moths over the next few months. It is important to note that … Read More
codling moth, codling moth emergence
Understanding biofix and 1st and 2nd generation spray dates is key to controlling Codling Moth (CM) and Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). Here we look … Read More
biofix, codling moth, light brown apple moth, spray predictions