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Pest and Disease Monitoring

About "Pest and Disease Monitoring"

HortWatch offers a complete pipfruit monitoring and recommendation service for pest and disease control, based on the Integrated Fruit Production (IFP) standards from NZ Pipfruit.

We monitor according to established New Zealand Pipfruit IFP guidelines for both pest and, where appropriate, predator activity. These pests and diseases include:

  • Powdery mildew
  • Wolly Apple Aphid
  • Apple Leaf Curling Midge
  • European Red Mite
  • Blackspot
  • Leafroller
  • Scale
The service will be customised to suit your particular needs, and our easy-to-read reports give you a clear picture of your orchard's status.

So how does Pest and Disease Monitoring work?

Our HortWatch technician discuss your monitoring needs with you and establish a plan. Your property will then be mapped and divided into monitor blocks of 1-2 ha in size for monitoring.

Our orchard monitoring staff then visit your property on the planned dates to take readings, and results for each pest or disease site will be reported to you within 24 hours of the visit.

Your Reports

HortWatch reports are carefully designed so you can assess your risk at a glance, but also contain detailed information so you can make accurate and effective decisions.

View sample report



Monitoring by our technicians is currently available in the Hawke's Bay and Nelson areas of New Zealand.

Want to know more?

Email Michelle at or phone (06) 872 7080 to discuss your needs.

Hortwatch® is a product of AgFirst
Phone: 64 6 872 7080
Fax:     64 6 870 3629