Spotted wing drosophila roadshow presentation: SWD preparation and response, Prof Rufus Isaacs

Presentation from Prof Rufus Isaacs of Michigan State University as part of the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) awareness and education seminars held across Australia at end of October-beginning of November, 2018.

The project was delivered as a partnership with Plant Health Australia, cesar and Plant & Food research NZ to increase preparedness for spotted wing Drosophila. 

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the strawberry, raspberry and blackberry, cherry and summerfruit research and development levies and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.

Spotted wing drosophila roadshow presentation: SWD Experience in the UK, Bethan Shaw

Presentation from Bethan Shaw from the UK as part of the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) awareness and education seminars held across Australia at end of October-beginning of November, 2018.

The project was delivered as a partnership with Plant Health Australia, cesar and Plant & Food research NZ to increase preparedness for spotted wing Drosophila. 

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the strawberry, raspberry and blackberry, cherry and summerfruit research and development levies and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.

Transitioning from soils to substrates in strawberry production - Webinar

Managing soil borne disease, improving fruit yield and quality and reduced labour costs are just some of the reasons cited by Australian strawberry growers for making the transition from field-based production to substrate.

Watch this webinar recording from the 1 November 2018 as growers and industry experts discuss their experiences with transitioning from soil to substrates. In this recording, Marcus van Heijst from Priva Oceania provides an introductory overview of what growers who are considering the transition to substrates need to think of, with a particular focus on nutrition and irrigation management. While strawberry growers Laura Wells from Taste ‘n See in Queensland and Scott Carter and Gabi Yasinov from Sunny Ridge in Victoria, reflect on their substrate production systems and lessons to date.

The key lesson shared is the importance of doing your background research, consulting widely and taking the time to plan your system to make sure it meets your future production needs.