Orchard plant protection guide for deciduous fruits in NSW


The 2023–24 edition of the Orchard plant protection guide for deciduous fruits in NSW is the latest in a series of annual publications that have supported the pest and disease management decisions of generations of NSW temperate fruit producers for over 60 years. The guide is recognised as a respected and valuable reference for temperate fruit industries.

Feature articles

Dr Allen Benter and Jessica Fearnley outline the NSW DPI Climate-Smart Pilots project investigating protected cropping methods for cherries at Orange, NSW. This initial report (page 6) describes the trial and some preliminary results for temperature, humidity, wind speed and fruit quality attributes of cherries under the protective covers.

Jess Fearnley provides an outline of the new NSW DPI-led Hort Innovation project ‘Extension and communication for the Australian cherry industry (CY22002)’ on page 10.

The NSW seasonal climate outlook for August 2023 indicates an increased likelihood of warmer than average temperatures for most of NSW from September to November 2023. There is an increased likelihood of rainfall being below average to well below average for most of NSW for the same period. This is due to the combined effects of a positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) and El NiƱo. This edition of the guide includes a timely feature article by Kevin Dodds, Jess Fearnley and Jeremy Bright entitled ‘Water and crop management strategies for temperate fruit orchards during drought’ on page 14.

Reflecting on elevated fungal disease levels in NSW orchards following several seasons of wet conditions in the key temperate fruit regions, Jess Fearnley and Kevin Dodds have prepared an article entitled ‘Spotlight on apple scab’ (page 18) which focuses on seasonal conditions that have favoured the disease and some important steps to reducing disease pressure and gaining control of the primary infection phase of this important apple and pear disease.

The authors would like to acknowledge Dr Sally Bound of the Tasmanian Institute for Agriculture for her contribution to the section Chemical thinners for pome and stone fruits on page 134.


The guide is available free to commercial fruit growers and is distributed to rural retailers and key industry bodies in pome and stone fruit growing regions. Additional copies can be obtained through NSW DPI Tocal bookshop (https://shop.regional.nsw.gov.au/collections/horticulture).

Company Name

Street Address




Local Land Services Armidale 126-130 Taylor StreetArmidale235002 6770 2000
Central Tablelands Local Land Services66 Corporation AvenueBathurst279502 6333 2300
Batlow ApplesForest RoadBatlow273002 6941 4200
EE Muir & SonsForest RoadBatlow273002 6949 3900
Local Land Services34 Auckland StreetBega255002 6491 7800
Local Land Services42 Ryrie StreetBraidwood262202 4842 3800 
Local Land Services Buronga 32 Enterprise WayBuronga27390427 932 526
Department of Primary Industries Coffs HarbourLevel 1, 30 Park AvenueCoffs Harbour245002 6650 3111
Central Tablelands Local Land Services30 Lynch StreetCowra279402 6341 9300
Local Land ServicesLevel G, 159 Auburn StreetGoulburn258002 4824 1900
AGnVET Services26-28 Banna AvenueGriffith268002 6964 2999
Elders11 Banna AvenueGriffith268002 6969 2900
NSW DPI / LLSFarm 217  Murray RoadHanwood268002 6960 1337
AGnVET Services13-15 Brady WayLeeton270502 6953 3803
Elders115 Pittown RoadMcGraths Hill275602 4577 3705
Persimmons Australia36 Harvey StreetMount Lofty43500407 103 852
Central Tablelands Local Land Services112 Market Street Mudgee285002 63781700
Cudgegong Rural Supplies36 Sydney RoadMudgee28500499 003570
Nutrien Ag Solutions10 Sydney RoadMudgee285002 6372 1311
Appledale Processors5 Stephen PlaceOrange280002 6361 4422
EE Muir & Sons81-89 Elsham AveOrange280002 63635300
NSW DPI, Orange Ag Institute1447 Forest RoadOrange280002 6391 3953
Central Coast Primary Industries CentreNorth Loop Road, Ourimbah Campus University of NewcastleOurimbah225802 4348 1900
NSW Department of Primary Industries - Tocal College815 Tocal RdPatterson24210400 524 685
Greater Sydney Local Land ServicesLevel 4, 2-6 Station Street Penrith27500448 549 292
Ace OhlssonStore 7 Warehouse JSydney Markets212902 9746 6640
Elders154 Adelong RoadTumut272002 6981 3100
NSW Department of Primary Industries64 Fitzroy StreetTumut272002 6941 1405
NSW DPI1243 Bruxner HighwayWollongbar247702 6626 1350
Yenda Producers59-61 Mirrool AvenueYenda268102 6961 3300
Delta Ag287 Boorowa StreetYoung259402 6382 6623
Local Land Services Young93 Main StreetYoung259402 6381 4700
Nutrien Ag Solutions99 Lovell StreetYoung259402 63827600
Thomsons Rural Supplies69 Boorowa StreetYoung259402 6382 5633


This document is not fully web accessible, please contact amanda.warren-smith@dpi.nsw.gov.au for more information.


Published: Oct 2023