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Fruit Fly Rural Update (May 2022)

June 10th, 2022|Categories: Growers Column|

Autumn hygiene

One reason for fruit flies being better able to survive the winter is that late fruiting plants are not managed after harvesting in both rural and urban situations. Left-over fruit plus benign weather conditions promote the survival of fruit flies. Fruit fly populations in the Goulburn Murray Valley are currently high so […]

Fruit Fly Rural Update (April 2022)

April 13th, 2022|Categories: Growers Column|

Queensland fruit fly numbers typically decline in the Goulburn Murray Valley as autumn sets in, however fruit fly activity will continue despite lower numbers being trapped. Continued activity is because temperatures will become too cold for trapping but will not be cold enough to stop mating, egg-laying and larval development, particularly through the first half […]

Community update – April 2022

April 13th, 2022|Categories: Community Column|

Post-harvest hygiene

Orchard or post-harvest hygiene is necessary to help break the fruit fly cycle. Autumn is generally the period for fruit flies to build up before winter so they’re able to survive the winter months and start a new seasonal cycle of fruit damage next spring. By successfully cleaning up […]

Community update – March 2022

March 10th, 2022|Categories: Community Column|

Fruit fly and home gardeners

Typically, at this time of year fruiting plants are finishing off in urban areas of the Goulburn Murray Valley as fruit is harvested, eaten by birds or deteriorate and fall off due to hot, dry weather. As a result of current weather conditions fruit and fruit flies are staying on […]

Fruit Fly Rural Update (March 2022)

March 10th, 2022|Categories: Growers Column|

Fruit fly activity

Last year’s fruit fly season was a heavy year for Queensland fruit fly. This was due to a combination of weather conditions during the previous autumn, winter and spring (as a result of La Nińa) plus a large volume of unharvested host crop due to COVID restrictions. It is believed that the […]

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