Orchardists are being urged to closely monitor their orchards for fruit fly and take appropriate action following a bad year for the pest in the Goulburn Valley.May 27, 2014 3:31am
Orchardists are being urged to closely monitor their orchards for fruit fly and take appropriate action following a bad year for the pest in the Goulburn Valley.
Fruit Growers Victoria general manager John Wilson told Country News the threat of fruit fly was rife and SPC Ardmona had found maggots in fruit, which then had to be rejected.
Mr Wilson said it was the responsibility of the orchardists to control the problem since DEPI had moved away from controlling the pest in northern Victoria.
‘‘If you think there is a chance you have fruit fly and you do nothing it is a foolish way to run your property,’’ he said.
In 2012 the then DPI announced proposals to abandon a pest-free approach to controlling Queensland fruit fly across most of Victoria because outbreaks had become so numerous and the cost was escalating.
Plunkett Orchards general manager Jason Shields said the orchard didn’t expect such a significant outbreak as that which occurred.
‘‘Everyone thought we wouldn’t get it,’’ he said.
‘‘At the end of our apricot season any fruit that was left on the trees was infested.’’
Mr Shields said the orchard was then prepared for the next varieties of fruit.
He said the cost of control was small compared to the potential damage fruit fly could cause.
‘‘It’s a no-brainer, compared to the codling moth where we might spend five times the amount to control.’’
Wintersun Fruit marketer and proprietor Brad Smith said the fruit fly epidemic was inevitable.
‘‘We had to bait our whole property, which is a great expense on large properties,’’ he said.
Mr Smith said dirty orchards attracted more pests.
‘‘Last year when the cannery didn’t take a lot of the orchards’ fruit, some orchards were left quite dirty which led to fruit flies breeding.’’
Environmental monitoring services consultant Steve Booth specialises in integrated pest management and assisted farmers in the previous apple and pear seasons.
Mr Booth said a grower who tried to control the pest with spray alone reported the damage level at 10 per cent of the crop.
‘‘It’s been a really steep learning curve,’’ he said.
‘‘The best control is baiting. It is highly successful and with great results.’’
Mr Booth said if all orchardists adopted baiting solutions there would be less occurrence of the fly in the future.
‘‘My opinion is the Queensland fruit fly will struggle to cause damage in the Goulburn Valley,’’ he said.
Mr Booth said different measures needed to be taken for tomato and vegetable industries.
Seymour paramedics are calling on the Victorian Government to fund a dedicated 24-hour, Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) unit in the southern Hume.
At the presentations located at the half-way mark of YMGCR's Lake Course, PGA Legends Co-Ordinator Andy Rogers said, "It's been a great three days.
Tatura’s rainfall for the last three months of 2015, 116.6mm, was marginally down on the long-term average for the same period, 120.8mm.
KIRSTY Ramadan has dedicated her life to rescuing animals in Echuca and surrounds for 20 years.
ROCHESTER has welcomed a new family into the community this year.
More of the districts newest preps
The Finley community will always remember the tremendous Trevor Hendy, who was friends with everyone.
TOOLLEEN Recreation Reserve Committee of Management presented three awards on Australia Day in front of 80 local residents.
A Cobram man has been arrested after exposing himself on a number of occasions while driving his car around Katamatite and Cobram South.
Deniliquin doctor Marion Magee says she is disgusted with the treatment of local nurses.
After 27 years of dairying, Undera farmer Rob Backway gave up 130 cattle to move into cropping — and he has never looked back.
Under-12, Under-14 and Under-18 boys all finished runners-up in the Wodonga Junior Basketball Tournament.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.