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PEST UPDATE | Leptocoris
Increasing numbers of Leptocoris have been spotted in the Gympie region and the pests have been seen at many sites feeding through hail damage on nuts taking advantage of a weaker or thinner area of the husk and shell. 
While we have had Leptocoris for several seasons in parts of the Gympie region it is becoming an increasing issue in NSW and in Bundaberg.  If you have this pest, late season ‘spotting bug like’ damage to your crop is a real risk and you should remember that some standard spotting bug chemicals like Bulldock will not control it.  

New Leptocoris Factsheet

The team at NSW DPI have released a new information sheet on Leptocoris pests in Macadamia.    The factsheet explains the pest and highlights the potential for a future biocontrol program with a parasitic fly.  

Please contact us immediately if you think you have this pest in the orchard for advice on how to best control it.  Download the factsheet here 

Digging deeper with Verterra Soil Tests

Results are starting to become available from the Reef-subsidised soil and site tests done on many QLD orchards by Verterra in 2019. 
It is early days with only preliminary data available and as the data sets are quite large,  Paul and Megan are available to go though your tests with Verterra and we will be looking at what we can learn from the data from a regional perspective. 
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