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Stay updated on Queensland fruit fly information specifically tailored to the Greater Sunraysia area by signing up to our quarterly newsletter. We have also engaged the services of Andrew Jessup who has assisted us with some agronomic advice for the months ahead.

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Issue #11 - September 2021 

In this edition

Issue #6 - July 2020

In this edition

  • Funding boost for local fruit fly program

  • Growers rejoice as fruit fly numbers hit three-year low

  • Outsmarting fruit fly in Sunraysia

  • Rising to the challenge

  • Outbreaks in South Australia

  • Sign up to prevent fruit fly

Issue #5 - March 2020

In this edition 

  • Lowest number of QFF trapped in five years

  • Don't forget your trial varieties and pollinators

  • Working together to protect our crops

  • Your autumn checklist

  • Building a strong national fruit fly system

  • New trapping strategy to be tested on grapes

Issue #4 - December 2019

In this edition

  • Queensland fruit fly numbers growing

  • Don't be deceived by low fruit fly numbers

  • GSPFA Christmas closure

Issue #3 - October 2019

In this edition

  • Regional trends

  • Activity in Spring

  • Sterile flies

Andrew Jessup is a pest management and market access entomologist with decades of research with fruit flies including development of area wide management strategies for pre-harvest control of fruit flies.

Qfly fruit fly season outlook Sept - Nov 2021 

 

Weather conditions during the unusually prolonged autumn of 2021 favoured the expansion of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) numbers in the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA). The beneficial effect on fruit quality and volume and the associated fruit fly activity combined to produce conditions perfect for Qfly. Rainfall and temperatures during much of winter in the GSPFA were also higher than average and therefore enhanced the survival of larger than normal numbers of Qfly.


More unusually moderate weather patterns are forecast for September to November this year. This means that greater numbers of overwintering flies will be able to leave their winter refuges and survive long enough to find fruit to infest. Unless adequate area-wide management strategies are maintained and improved, and Qfly-suitable weather conditions remain, it is likely that 2021/22 will be another bad fruit fly year.

You can read entomologist Andrew Jessup’s full report, here.
 

2020/21 Season Summary 

 

The year 2020/21 was a bad one for Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) in the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA). In fact, 2020/21 was a bad year for pest fruit flies throughout most of south-eastern Australia.

​Pest fruit fly incursions and their proliferation were promoted by the presence of benign weather conditions consistent with the La Niña event, with more rainfall, higher winter daily minimum temperatures and lower summer maximum temperatures.

You can read entomologist Andrew Jessup’s summary of the season, here.

Andrew Jessup

Issue #2 - April 2019

In this edition

  • Bait spray field day

  • Weather impacts on QFF

  • QFF overall outlook

  • Seasonal outlook.

Issue #1 - February 2019

In this edition

  • Welcome

  • Regional Trends

  • Property fly catch data

  • Scientific Observations.