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MacAlert - September 2021

2021 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

Key messages this month include: • Continue to monitor at least twice per week for pest and diseases that affect flowers. • Lace bug, flower caterpillar and flower diseases such as Botrytis and Cladosporium are more prevalent in some regions. Monitor weather conditions and known hotspots within the orchard. • Discuss control options with your pest consultant or grower liaison officer to select strategies and application timings that will have minimal impact on beneficials such as bees. • Communicate with your beekeeper on stocking rates and hive positions to develop a plan that provides flexibility for you both, and crucially, keeps bees safe. • Tree water demand is increasing with the warmer weather • Discuss tree nutritional demand and spring soil and leaf sampling with your consultant • After mulching remaining nuts to reduce the risk of rats and kernel grubs, consider reduced mowing strategies to allow grass and other inter-row species to flower.

MacAlert - August 2021

2021 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

Key messages this month include: • Start monitoring for pest and diseases that impact flowers, paying particular attention to out-of-season flower problems that can build up and a wet August forecast. • Active environmental and visual monitoring for pests such as lace bug and flower caterpillar and diseases such as flower blight start. • As the weather warms tree nutrition and water requirements increase, particularly once flowers emerge. • At the end of harvest, review the season including: o Machinery/equipment performance and required upgrades o Processor consignment reports o Crop loss assessments and yield monitoring o Orchard health assessment • Prepare for the start of new crop protection season. • Now is the time to think about seeding a cover crop. • Pollination is round the corner and managed hives need to be arranged.

Macadamia Plant Protection Guide 2021 - 2022, NSW DPI Management Guide

2021 | Bright J | Manual/guide

This 7th edition of the NSW Macadamia plant protection guide aims to provide commercial macadamia growers with up-to-date information on all aspects of protecting your orchard from pests and diseases.

MacAlert - July 2021

2021 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

Key messages this month include: • Monitoring is essential for any pest and disease management and your consultant should be making regular visits by now. • Organic inputs for the application post-harvest – read the MacAlert for some great info on double ground woodchip. • Water conserving strategies for irrigated and dryland farms • With the crop protection season ahead, do you have a strategy to assess the effectiveness of your spray coverage? • Post-harvest is an incredibly busy time – do you have your orchard operations prioritised and a Plan B for inevitable weather adjustments and breakdowns? Read all the info, tips and resources in this month’s MacAlert now

MacAlert - March 2021

2021 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

Key messages this month include: • Prolonged wet weather and Phytophthora management plans • Pest management to prevent losses – macadamia nut borer, late season spotting bug, kernel grub and rat damage • Nutrition and irrigation management tips • Sampling nuts to assess potential crop loss percentages and reasons. Read all the info, tips and resources in this month’s MacAlert now.

MacAlert - May 2021

2021 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

Key messages this month include: • Orchard surveys following the wet season –the questions to ask to help you understand the likelihood or extent of Phytophthora in your orchard • Ordering compost/organic matter - how to know what you are purchasing • Planning now for canopy and orchard floor management following harvest • Processor consignment reports and the importance of block by block analysis. Read all the info, tips and resources in this month’s MacAlert now.

MacAlert - June 2021

2021 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

Key messages this month include: • Pest and disease monitoring is a priority to guarantee next year’s crop – what to keep a close eye on if you have a closed canopy • Last minute changes to nutrition programs • Preparing for crop protection activities and a reminder to check your certification and licensing requirements • Preparing for the next three months. Read all the info, tips and resources in this month’s MacAlert now.

MacAlert - April 2021

2021 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

Key messages this month include: • Machinery performance will make you money – what’s the true cost of new fingerwheels vs old ones? • Steps to maximise your ability to adjust soil nutrients for the next season • NEW ethephon use calendar – planning, application, harvest timing and considerations • On-farm, block by block quality audits & the NEW CROP LOSS ASSESSMENT FACT SHEET. Read all the info, tips and resources in this month’s MacAlert now.

MacAlert - February 2021

2021 | Australian Macadamia Society | Manual/guide

· Look out for husk spot damage, which causes premature nut drop and loss of up to a third of the crop. Check for signs of fruit spotting bug and vertebrate pests such as rats and pigs. Develop your control strategies with your pest consultant and make sure your spray equipment is calibrated before applying any chemistry. · Get ready for orchard clean-up and harvesting by ensuring equipment such as mulchers, harvesters, dehuskers and mowers are checked for signs or wear and maintained ready to go. · As the season starts to cool, review your irrigation schedules and nutrition program. · Have your plans in place for harvest and to ensure prompt delivery of nuts to your processor.

Macadamia Plant Protection Guide 2020-21, NSW DPI Management Guide

2020 | Bright J | Manual/guide

This 6th edition of the NSW Macadamia plant protection guide aims to provide commercial macadamia growers with up-to-date information on all aspects of protecting your orchard from pests and diseases.

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