Comprehensive workshop on Australia’s west coast

New pest treatment solutions, cutting-edge vegetable treatment methods and a variety of farm management tools will be featured at a comprehensive workshop on Australia’s west coast on Thursday 15 October. 

Western Australian vegetable growers will receive the most up-to-date R&D information on available nematode and irradiation treatments that can protect vegetables from pests and increase shelf-life, as well as the latest farm decision support tools in Wanneroo on Thursday 15 October.

“This workshop features a raft of information for Western Australian growers operating in an ever-changing environment and will help them to manage vegetable diseases and minimise the threat of pests and viruses,” said AUSVEG National Manager – Scientific Affairs, Dr Jessica Lye.

“For example, information on ADAMA’s new nematode control method comes at an ideal time given the cessation of fenamiphos use.”

“Growers are excited to hear industry expert Dr Peter Roberts discuss post-harvest treatment irradiation technology that could help vegetable exports access a range of international markets,” said Dr Lye.

Elders Senior Agronomist, Courtney Piesse, will be educating growers on a variety of on-farm support tools that can improve farm yield and profit.

“Decision support tools are vital in ironing out inefficiencies and maximising grower inputs to ensure that growing operations can run optimally. Satellite NDVI mapping, digital insect monitoring and other such tools are designed to help growers make hard choices, easier,” said Dr Lye.

The workshop will also feature AUSVEG speakers from the EnviroVeg and Minor Use Awareness Programs, as well as an update on exotic pest incursions and how to keep growing operations biosecure.

The workshop is free to attend for all Australian vegetable levy payers, with dinner and refreshments to be provided. Growers are encouraged to register their attendance with AUSVEG on (03) 9882 0277 or at info@ausveg.com.au as spaces are limited.

The program has been funded by HIA using the National Vegetable Levy and funds from the Australian Government. Ω

Posted 12 October 2015


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