Category: Cereal diseases

When drought meets disease: what can we expect for our 2018 winter cereals?

Figure 1. Cereal crop exhibiting honey brown discolouration of stem bases which is characteristic of crown rot infection disease cereals (right) versus healthy crop (left). Source: Toni Petronaitis

Authors: Toni Petronaitis and Steven Simpfendorfer, NSW DPI Severe rain deficiencies persist in Central and Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland, with drier than average conditions expected for the growing season.  This widespread drought in the northern grains region has left growers with limited options for sowing their winter cereal […]

Taking stock of what we know about Crown rot

Crown rot whiteheads in trial plot. Source Lee Hickey.

Crown rot has long been present in Australian cropping systems, but the introduction of minimum tillage systems, changing rainfall patterns and increased heat events has meant an increase in the severity and prevalence of this disease. This article looks at the key findings from the recent review Crown rot of […]

New wheat stripe rust pathotype detected in eastern Australia

Photo of a wheat variety with effective stripe rust resistance which has no symptoms and on the right, a susceptible variety is covered in stripe rust. Source: Luise Sigel, Agriculture Victoria

A new stripe rust pathotype detected at two separate locations in Victoria during 2017 may have important implications for some wheat varieties grown in eastern Australia. Studies during 2018 will better establish the likely impact of this new pathotype on affected wheat varieties. For most wheat varieties, stripe rust ratings […]

Crop disease updates and subscriptions

Subscribing to crop disease updates

Is reading the latest in field crop disease risk and information important to you?  If so, take a look at the information services below: ExtensionAUS Field Crop Diseases Field Crop Diseases curate a newsletter of the latest information on crop diseases and delivers it to your inbox each week, providing you a […]

Cereal disease guides

The Cereal Disease Guides are essential reading to learn about the latest changes to disease resistance. The Guides also summarise what happened in the last season and what diseases are likely in the coming year. The resistance ratings in the guides are an important management tool because they provide a […]

Septoria tritici blotch update

Even though 2017 wasn’t particularly conducive to wet weather diseases like Septoria tritici blotch, there were still widespread reports of this disease in crops throughout southern Australia. ‘How we can therefore manage our fungicide use to reduce resistance risk’ was Nick Poole’s key message when he presented at the Adelaide […]

Latest on Cereal disease – 2018 GRDC Update Papers

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Keep up with the latest research information on cereal diseases including root diseases and crown rot. The following papers and key messages were presented at the GRDC Updates across Australia in February and March 2018. Southern region papers Northern region papers Western region papers Read the key messages from each […]

Re-visiting management options for charcoal rot in sorghum

Figure 1. Sorghum crop in Bongeen Qld, January 2018_Dante Adorada USQ

With the summer cropping season nearing completion, growers are hoping for an above average yield of sorghum crop for the 2017/2018 summer growing season in the Northern Region. Crops looked good as of the end of January (Figure 1), but by mid-February tweets were flying and phone calls were being […]

Soil borne disease risks and new PREDICTA® B tests

Alan McKay talking about soilborne diseases and new predicta b tests

Management of soilborne diseases starts before you put the crop in. This was Alan McKay’s key message when he presented at the  Adelaide GRDC Research Updates on the impact, detection, and management of cereal root diseases. The main soilborne disease risks for the Southern Region in 2018 are rhizoctonia, crown […]

Top five of 2017

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Take a look at our five most popular articles and videos from 2017.   This year we published 35 articles on extensionAUS Field Crop Diseases. These articles covered many disease issues which impact on grains production. These articles were prepared with, and reviewed by, members of our Community of Practice, […]