This 2017–18 edition of the Orchard plant protection guide for deciduous fruits in NSW is the latest in a series of similar publications that have served industry for over 56 years. It provides up-to-date information on all aspects of protecting your orchard from pests and diseases.
Dr Sally Bound is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania, working in the Perennial Horticulture Centre within the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA). Sally is well known by temperate fruit producers for her research and extension activities in crop loading and thinning. Her feature article 'Crop load management in deciduous tree crops' provides a comprehensive, yet concise, update on the tools and techniques available to help growers manage their flower and fruit loads.
The new Biosecurity Act 2015 came into effect from 1 July 2017. Included in this edition of the guide, is a fact sheet outlining how the new Act will help to address the issue of neglected and abandoned orchards in NSW.
The article 'Thrips in NSW cherries – not just a blossom pest' by guide author Kevin Dodds, reports on the findings of a one year study funded by Hort Innovation using cherry research and development levy and funds from the Australian Government. The article also provides information on monitoring and management of thrips in NSW cherry orchards.
In this edition, Adam Coleman reports on the first year of a federally funded project that is focusing on implementing a seasonal pest absence protocol for Queensland fruit fly and irradiation as an endpoint treatment for NSW cherries.
The authors of this guide want to make sure that the information we're providing is what you need to make your business grow. We would like to receive any feedback that you care to offer – good, bad or indifferent. This will help us to make future editions even more useful. Please contact me with your suggestions by mail, phone, fax or email.
Kevin Dodds, Development Officer – Temperate Fruits,
NSW Department of Primary Industries
PO Box 3, Tumut NSW 2720
Telephone (02) 6941 1405
Fax (02) 6947 4149
Mobile 0427 918 315 or