New guides to support horticulture and viticulture growers in NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) continues to support horticultural producers in NSW, with the recent release of the Orchard plant protection guide for deciduous fruits in NSW 2022-23 and the Grapevine management guide 2022-23.

NSW DPI’s Temperate Fruits Development Officer, Kevin Dodds said the Orchard plant protection guide for deciduous fruits in NSW provides growers up-to-date information to protect their orchards from pests, weeds and diseases and maximise the production of quality fruit for market.

“With the NSW fruit crops that we cover in this guide being valued at $168.1 million dollars, this annual guide provides critical information to help NSW’s temperate fruit producers protect their crops.

“This year also includes a featured article on how we can grow market access through a systems approach to meeting biosecurity requirements,” said Mr Dodds.

An updated list of the chemical tools ensures growers have access to the latest information to help them effectively manage pests, diseases, and weeds.

The NSW DPI Grapevine management guide 2022-23 is full of practical information that can be implemented easily into any vineyard operation.

NSW DPI Viticulture Development Officer, Dr Katie Dunne said an article on organic farming provides practical information for organic producers.

“Organic farming creates benefits including access to new markets, higher-value products and reduced input costs. Grower case studies have also been included to showcase how these principles can be applied.

“There is also information and case studies on the AgTech demonstration site at Griffith, bird perches for attracting birds of prey and using drones to deploy beneficial mites as a way to manage bud, blister and rust mite. Given the season, there is also an up-to-date guide on common diseases and pests found in vineyards.

“With the output of NSW wine grapes valued at $252 million in the 2020-21 period, the Grapevine management guide 2022-23 continues to provide valuable information and play a part in supporting this industry during some challenging periods,” Dr Dunne said.

The NSW DPI Macadamia Plant Protection Guide 2022-23 has also recently been released.

All guides are provided free of charge and available to download on the DPI website.

Orchard plant protection guide for deciduous fruits in NSW 2022-23

https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/horticulture/pests-diseases-hort/information-for-multiple-crops/orchard-plant-protection-guide

Grapevine management guide 2022-23

https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/horticulture/grapes/grapevine-management-guides-current-and-past-editions/grapevine-management-guide-2022-23

Macadamia Plant Protection Guide 2022-23

https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/horticulture/nuts/growing-guides/macadamia-protection-guide

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