A SARP meeting was conducted in May 2008 at DPI Irymple, Victoria. Representation at the workshop included almond growers, consultants, agchem manufacturers and distributors, and scientific researchers. Outcomes from this process will provide the almond industry with sound pesticide options that can then be pursued in the future for registration with the manufacturer, or minor-use permits with Australian Pesticide & Veterinary Medicines Authority. The selection of any alternative pesticide will have the benefit of: IPM compatibility, wherever possible Improved scope for resistance management Sound biological profile Residue and trade acceptance domestically and for export
Almond growers occasionally suffer from a lack of access to crop protection products (pesticides). The problem is that whilst their crops are valuable, the almond industry is considered too small for agchem manufacturers to bear the high cost of pesticide registration and consequently modifying their chemical labels to include almonds. Growers are increasingly trapped in a situation where they face severe losses from diseases, insects or weeds if they do nothing to protect their crops, or face penalties if they use a pesticide that is not registered or available via a permit. The almond industry is very aware of the possible consequences that can occur from the use of unregistered or non-permitted pesticides. These can include: Produce with unauthorised pesticide residues
Rejection of produce from local markets Temporary exclusion from market access Rejection of produce from export markets Jeopardising of export trading arrangements Fines and penalties
Peter Dal Santo 21 Rosella Ave, Strathfieldsaye Victoria 3551
A Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP) assesses the importance of the disease, insects and weeds (plant pests) that can affect the almond industry; evaluates the availability and effectiveness of fungicides, insecticides and herbicides (pesticides) to control the plant pests; determines any „gaps‟ in the pest control strategy and identifies suitable new or alternatives pesticides to address the „gaps‟.
The Almond Economic Workshops have completed the first round with one workshop run in each of the four production areas. The workshop, which uses the Almond Economic Model released at the 2007 Almond Conference, enabled growers to use their own data, assess a number of different scenarios relevant to their situation, and make comparisons against both the benchmarks produced last year and the CT trial. Feedback from participants indicated the model will be a valuable decision making tool for assessing their profitability, risk and sensitivity of almond production and assessing current issues like water leasing, fertiliser pricing, fertiliser application, or any other combination of yields and inputs. We understand that some growers may be concerned with their ability to effectively work a computer or Excel, the program on which the model is based. However, if growers have a basic computer ability which allows them to send an email or surf the internet, they will have no problem working the model as it is designed for a novice computer
user. Nevertheless, it has a very good capability of calculating numerous, future or past scenarios by simply using yield results, spray diaries, fertiliser records and Profit and Loss statements from the accountant. Should growers want to be involved in a future workshop please contact the Almond Board of Australia office on 08 8582 2055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org