Agriculture Victoria research conducted in the Goulburn Valley developed a more accurate and reliable threshold based on the cumulative number of leaf-infested days.
Root restriction provides orchardists with a useful tool for tree growth manipulation.
While this article discusses the effects on bumblebees, the same factors are also having an effect on our honey bees, and probably our native bees and pollinators as well.
The crop protection industry has relied on synthetic broad spectrum pesticides that are effective, relatively inexpensive and easy to apply.
More consistency in fruit size, better skin retention, and greater yield and quality can be achieved using Agrisilica™.
Collar rot and crown rot of apple trees, and trunk rot of stone-fruit trees (but rarely pear trees) are caused by the fungus Phytophthora.
They are among the most serious soil-borne diseases in the world.
Diseased trees are mostly found where soil type, topography, climate, and/or irrigation have contributed to long periods of saturated soil.
There are several species of mites that infest pome and/or stone fruit trees in Victoria and they have different life cycles and habits that growers need to understand in order to efficiently manage their impact on crops. Bryobia mites are brownish, flattened mites with very long front legs.