According to indicators from growing regions around the country, this year's cherry crop shows great potential.
While mating disruption has been a corner stone of IPM in pome and stone fruit orchards for many years, this work is an advanced and innovative approach to mating disruption, and a new direction for IPM.
Machine vision technologies are now capable of identifying birds, animals and any other object better than expert humans.
We tested four netting types: a white HDPE knitted net and black, grey and crystal HDPE extruded nets. All three extruded netting had the same fibre diameter and density.
At the Victorian Cherry Association (VCA) annual meeting in Tatura earlier this month, the guest speaker, Dr Bénédicte Wenden, discussed Cherry flowering—from Europe to your block.
Grape farmers commonly protect crops from insects by repeatedly applying broad-spectrum chemical pesticides.
An alternative approach is to use traps laced with highly specific insect-attracting scents called pheromones that lure pests into killing chambers. But not all insects have the chemical receptors necessary to respond to pheromones, so a gap in pest management remains.