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Top five of 2019

Top 5 for 2019

Here are our five most popular articles from 2019. GRDC Communities Field Crop Diseases published 37 articles last year covering the  many different aspects of crop diseases in the Australian grains industry. These articles were prepared and reviewed by members of our Community of Practice, Australia’s leading experts in crop […]

Stakeholders convene to shape pathology research direction in the Northern Grains Region

The University of Southern Queensland recently hosted the “Northern Pathology Review Panel Meeting” on 6 November at the Agricultural Science and Engineering Precinct USQ, Toowoomba. The meeting was organised under the GRDC-funded Project USQ1907-001RTX: “Integrated Disease Management Tools to Manage Summer Crop Diseases in the Northern Region”, led by USQ […]

Where and when does charcoal rot in sorghum occur?

  In 2018 charcoal rot in sorghum was found to be a big problem in the Darling Downs in southern Queensland, where a lot of disease and a lot of lodging associated with the disease was observed. As a result, the summer crop pathology team led by Adam Sparks at […]

Eyespot of winter cereals – an emerging disease

We interviewed Marg Evans from SARDI about Eyespot, a fungal disease of cereals which occurs in medium and high rainfall zones.  The disease has been known to occur in paddocks in New South Wales and South Australia for many years. More recently, with changes in farming systems, eyespot has been […]

Survival, spread and controlling crown rot

Crown rot in wheat

Toni Petrionatis from NSW DPI, explains her new project looking at survival, spread and innovative control methods of crown rot in winter cereals with a few handy tips for growers looking to manage crown rot in their crops. Preliminary research has found that the crown rot fungus is not just […]

Mungbean bacterial & fungal diseases

Powdery mildew on potted mungbean

Lisa Kelly from the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries in Toowoomba explains about bacterial and fungal diseases in mungbeans and their treatment options.  Powdery mildew Powdery mildew in mungbean is caused by the fungal species Podosphaera xanthii and is widespread in Australia. A second powdery mildew, preliminary identified as Erysiphe […]

Immersive technologies & their use in agriculture research & extension – Webinar

Immersive technologies webinar

Immersive technologies – 360 degree photography/filming, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) use in agriculture research and extension were presented in a recent GRDC Communities Webinar. Guest speakers Matthew Cox (Agriculture Victoria) & Michael Moodie (Frontier Farming Systems) covered and discussed how these technologies can be used for project […]

Understanding disease: there’s a podcast for that

There's a podcast for that

A range of podcasts have been developed, in conjunction with Australian plant pathologists and grains researchers, to help farmers and agronomists to understand issues surrounding crop disease and management.  With more and more farmers choosing to access information on the go and at their own convenience, podcasting is one such […]

Protecting the longevity of new fungicides

Protecting the longevity of new fungicides

Fungicide resistance is real and is with us right now.  We need to recognise that it is going to continue to be a problem for decades to come.  Fungicide resistance is something that cannot be stopped, unless we halt using these products. This is not a reality in our farming […]

Blackleg in canola – Snapshot October 2019

Blackleg in canola

Blackleg in canola can cause severe yield loss, but can be successfully managed. Keep up with the latest information from the southern region on blackleg.                                                    […]

Last season’s summer grain diseases & sorghum charcoal rot – Podcast

Image of Adam Sparks & Neeraj Purushotham for Summer crop diseases podcast

There were a number of diseases that caused issues for summer grain crops last season, with the biggest being charcoal rot in sorghum.  In this podcast Adam Sparks & Neeraj Purushotham from University of Southern Queensland (USQ) discuss what summer grain crop diseases were observed last season and the major […]

Bacterial blight survey to inform breeding efforts

Symptoms of bacterial blight on Kaspa field peas grown at Horsham, Victoria

Following on from samples submitted in 2017 & 2018, researchers are again this year requesting industry to submit green field pea samples infected with bacterial blight from all pea growing regions. These samples will help researchers understand the prevalence of the pathovars within the bacterial blight pathogen population. Bacterial blight […]