Pests

Spray failure: why it happens and how to avoid it

A critical aspect of growing any crop is providing protection from damaging pests and diseases which can have a detrimental effect on crop yield and quality. In this regard, pesticides play an important role. However, what happens when you apply a pesticide and it does not solve the problem?
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New fall armyworm trap from Grochem

Growers and their advisers have a new weapon in the fight against fall armyworm, now that the APVMA has granted an emergency permit for the use of a pheromone trap and DDVP cubes to monitor for the pest.Grochem Australia can supply the trapping system in accordance with the APVMA permit,…
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San José scale

San José scale is an extremely important pest of pome and stone fruit. It is a sucking insect that injects a toxin into the plant as it feeds, causing localised discolouration.

Beware of exotic pests

There have been some close calls recently in regard to the entry of exotic pests that could have adversely affected the cherry industry in Australia.
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European red mite

European red mite (ERM) is a serious foliage pest of apples and pears.

We've had the fires and floods; is plague locusts next for cherry growers?

It's been a difficult season for some growers having been affected by the recent bushfires or the heavy smoke that lingered for weeks. And just as that catastrophe was ending some growing regions received heavy rains, hail and even flooding.It would be reasonable to suppose that an invasion by plague…
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Bryobia mite

Bryobia mites feed on the leaves of fruit trees by puncturing the leaf tissues with their sucking mouthparts.

Codling moth

The codling moth is favoured by warm, dry growing conditions between spring and autumn. Eggs are laid around dusk when the temperature is 16C or higher and the air is calm.

Oriental fruit moth

Warm, moist conditions that favour tree growth and brown rot also favour the oriental fruit moth (OFM).

Grochem expands pheromone range

Specialty crop protection supplier, Grochem Australia, has expanded its range of pheromone and trapping products to help horticultural growers manage insect pests.
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Winning the battle against Qld fruit fly

Mick and Kylie Carr purchased a 16 ha persimmon orchard next to their grazing property. It looked like a promising operation that would complement their grazing activities.
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Green peach aphid

Outbreaks of the green peach aphid in spring are usually associated with good growing conditions.