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Prevention is the key for barley loose smut – Podcast

Podcast with DPIRD's Andrea Hills

  Prevention is the key, particularly in regard to barley loose smut. In this podcast, Andrea Hills, Plant Pathology Research Officer with the Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development (DPIRD) in WA discusses why barley loose smut is becoming more of an issue across the country & outlines the […]

Cereal seed treatment guides

Applying fungicides to cereal seed, or in-furrow at sowing, are common management practices for managing various seed borne and foliar fungal diseases – particularly smuts, net blotches, and powdery mildew. As with any input, it is important to choose the right product and rate to get optimum efficacy. It is also […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fungicide resistance – Back to basics

Fungal disease appearing on crop

The treatment of fungal plant pathogens through the use of fungicide applications is and will remain essential for maintaining healthy crops and reliable high-quality yields. Their use in modern cropping systems form a key component of integrated crop management, and their effectiveness must be sustained as long as possible. Understanding […]

Disease Diagnostics in WA – Podcast

Podcast microphone

  If you think your crop is battling a disease, don’t wait to see what your yield is, ACT NOW! When the crop is harvested the ability to diagnose the disease has gone & it is too late. Inspect your crop for patches and poor growth in September. In this […]

Low levels of disease persist during the drier summer season in parts of the northern region

Figure 11. Sunflower crop, Allora (Photo D.L. Adorada)

Summer crop paddocks across northern New South Wales, southern Queensland and central Queensland, were surveyed to monitor fungal and bacterial diseases present in the 2018-2019 summer cropping season. In comparison to the 2017-2018 season, it was drier (Figure 1), making it unfavourable for most grain crop diseases to develop. Observations […]

What is GRDC Communities Field Crop Diseases? Podcast Series

Image of Field Crop Disease Podcast

  You can now listen to the best researchers and experts in crop diseases on the GRDC Communities Podcast Channel. The first podcast gives you an overview on what is GRDC Communities from the GRDC Communities Field Crop Diseases Manager Jodie Harrison. Keep an ear out for more Podcasts very […]

Pulse researchers in the Southern Region seek samples

Ascochyta blight on chickpea

Pulse crop disease researchers are seeking your help in collecting current pulse disease samples from across the Southern region. New disease sampling kits have been developed making the collection of plant samples easier. The disease samples from your area will help to ensure researchers are using current samples that are […]