Key Pest and Disease Reminders in the Orchard

NTH VIC

Fruit Fly: now is the time to do a bit extra on farm to check for and prevent fruit fly.

Numbers in general have been low in traps in orchards but please do extra checks of fruit to ensure you can identify your hotspots.

Maintain baiting especially as we gear up into harvest. Some blocks may need cover sprays.

Codling Moth: 2nd generation trap catches at this time of the season indicate if your first generation spray program has adequately controlled codling moth. Nth Vic growers always have higher pressure of codling moth. Check UV stability of products if applying sprays in the heat of the day.

codling moth

Mites: Now is the time to check for two spotted mites, European Red Mite, Bryobia mite and the level of predatory mite. If your spray program has not been as IPM friendly (Carbaryl for thinning applied) as you would like then try to apply a miticide while levels are low. Scout levels of leaves infested and leaves with predatory mites. Weather will determine how quickly two spotted mite damage will increase especially in pears.

STH VIC

Woolly aphid: always a problem in sth vic with mild temps and less parasitic wasps present where chemical apple thinning has been applied. Monitor A. Mali numbers and try to apply controls to Woolly that are not detrimental to A. Mali populations.

woolly apple aphid

Codling Moth: Watch 2nd generation numbers and maintain coversprays, noticing that a lot of Southern Vic growers are no longer using mating disruption and there overall trap numbers and Codling Moth numbers have increased. Mating disruption is a key tool for maintaining and IPM program with current chemicals available.

Mites: Now is the time to check for two spotted mites, European Red Mite, Bryobia mite and the level of predatory mite. If your spray program has not been as IPM friendly (Carbaryl for thinning applied) as you would like then try to apply a miticide while levels are low. Scout levels of leaves infested and leaves with predatory mites. Weather will determine how quickly two spotted mite damage will increase, high levels of two spotted mites can effect colour of red apple varieties, so close monitoring is needed.

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