Mite of hexacopter aids farmers

PEST MANAGEMENT: Nathan Roy and Glenn Bennett trial the Aerobug hexacopter at Strawberry Fields in Stanthorpe.PEST MANAGEMENT: Nathan Roy and Glenn Bennett trial the Aerobug hexacopter at Strawberry Fields in Stanthorpe.Emma BoughenA NEED to find another way led Strawberry Fields manager Brendan Hoyle to invite a ‘hexacopter’ to fly over his Stanthorpe strawberry patch dropping predatory mites onto the plants below.

“Once we saw the trials and data start coming out of their Sunshine Coast season we thought we’d try it for ourselves to see if there’s a place for it at Strawberry Fields,” Mr Hoyle said.

Predatory mites have been a part of growers’ Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tool belt for roughly two decades as they eat the larvae of pests such as the two-spotted mite in place of traditional chemical sprays.

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