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Continuous wet provides ideal conditions for Sclerotinia collar rot in lupins

Lupin crops across Victoria’s lupin growing regions have been experiencing high levels of Sclerotinia collar rot (caused by Sclerotinia minor) causing main stem infections as a result of cool wet conditions conducive to the disease. Some crops have been badly affected, particularly in the Victorian Mallee where infection levels of […]

New weapon in the arsenal to fight barley powdery mildew

A new genetic discovery from an Ethiopian landrace has potential to significantly improve resistance in barley to powdery mildew. For the first time researchers at the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) have found a gene that is resistant to all forms of powdery mildew, without affecting yield. The […]

Check barley crops for scald and apply foliar fungicides if necessary

Scald has been detected in several early sown barley crops in the Wimmera and Mallee of Victoria. The disease has been favoured by wet seasonal conditions across the south eastern region and will be common in early sown crops and crops sown into barley stubble from 2014 and 2015. Scald […]