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Protecting Western Australian citrus orchards from pests and diseases that could significantly affect their production and therefore the availability of citrus is an important activity of growers, industry and the government.

The new Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements have commenced and are referred to as the DRFAWA in Western Australia.

PestFax is an interactive reporting service delivered by DPIRD, providing risk alerts, current information and advice on pests and diseases threatening crops and pastures throughout the grain belt of Western Australia during each growing season.

Drip irrigation is common in modern orchards. For this method of irrigation it is easier to use litres rather than the more traditional unit of millimetres when describing readily available water in the plant root zone. Using litres also allows simple calculation of irrigation time.

Irrigation is one of the most important factors in producing a good yield of quality citrus. Without correct scheduling, your orchard is more susceptible to nutrient deficiencies, physiological disorders, pests and diseases.

Selecting the right rootstock for your orchard is one of the most important decisions you will have to make.

The strength of the Australian citrus industry and its profile in domestic and export markets rely heavily on the consistency and taste of its products.

Potassium deficiency can lead to loss of clover content and severely limit production of high rainfall. Large amounts of potassium can be lost each year through leaching and removal of potassium in hay or silage.

The Viticulture spray guide provides information for the management of pests and diseases applicable for both wine and table grape vineyards within Western Australia.  The bulletin lists over 500 agrochemcials registered for use in Western Australian vineyards and also details rules and regulatio

Measuring internal quality of citrus prior to harvest is vital to ensure fruit reaches the market with eating qualities acceptable to most consumers. In Western Australia growers have the option of testing their own fruit or sending it to a laboratory.

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