Vigilance for crop success
ELDERS horticultural agronomist Greg Teske said the best way for growers to effectively combat any pest infestation was to work with their agronomist.
“The old saying is prevention is better than a cure, so there are a lot of preventative products out there,” he said.
“Before a pest gets out of hand, growers should work with their agronomist and work on a strategy.”
With summer production ramping up in the region, agronomists warn growers need to stay vigilant to keep on-top of pest infestations.
Mr Teske said the most important part of controlling pests was catching infestations in the early stages.
“Regular crop checking is the key to managing pests, and that even goes for growers,” he said.
“They’re on the farm all the time – go and have a look, and if all of a sudden they see a high population, they should consult their agronomist and seek advice on what to do.”
After a dry winter and with a summer expected, pest numbers could be higher than usual and some pest might be more difficult to control.
“At the moment our main pest is silver leaf white fly, and then we’ve got to watch out for thrip,” he said.
However it isn’t a simple task to determine where and what species would be the most prevalent, he said.
“It’s very hard to predict what’s going to happen,” he said.
“In a lot of the cases, one pest isn’t a blanket or broadly found in the Valley – you find you get these hot spots of pests in different areas.”