Field Crop Diseases

BWYV: Reducing aphid and virus risk in 2015

In 2014, canola crops across SA, western Victoria and some parts of NSW were severely affected by beet western yellows virus (BWYV) (synonym; turnip yellows virus). Significant rainfall over much of the southern cropping zone in January 2015 has initiated a green bridge, which has the potential to host large […]

New wheat leaf rust outbreak 2014

In August 2014 leaf rust was identified in Revenue wheat, previously rated resistant (R), in south east South Australia. The September issue of Crop Watch (465kb PDF) reported several crops in South East SA and one crop near Gawler appeared to be infected with the new strain of wheat leaf […]

Management of stripe rust with resistant varieties and fungicides

stripe rust on wheat

There were several reports of stripe rust in Victorian wheat crops this season, despite the limited green bridge over the previous summer and a dry spring. Stripe rust reports were closely followed by questions about the economic benefits of using a fungicide for control. This article aims to look at […]

Charcoal Rot in Lupins

Charcoal rot was confirmed in a number Western Australian lupin crops in 2014 (DAFWA Pest Fax newsletter, No. 20); a likely consequence of the hot and dry conditions experienced during August. Normally charcoal rot does not reduce lupin crop yields as symptoms only appear after pod set. However, unseasonable heat in […]

Root-lesion nematode survey of Central Queensland

Key Messages What is the problem? What did we find? How does Central Queensland compare to other regions? What does it mean for me? Further information Key Messages Root-lesion nematodes were found in 28% of the Central Queensland paddocks sampled. Sowing resistant and tolerant crops like sorghum, maize and cotton […]

Using TweetDeck to manage Twitter

TweetDeck is the free tool provided by Twitter which makes tracking and managing your tweets and engaging with others easier. TweetDeck is available as a Windows, Mac, or Chrome app and can be used with multiple Twitter accounts. This 40 minute webinar aired on November 14. The webinar is a […]

Neocosmospora root rot in peanuts

Dr Kylie Wenham

Kylie Wenham, a PhD student with the University of Queensland, discusses Neocosmospora root rot, an emerging pathogen of peanuts. She outlines what is known about the disease and current research. The GRDC media release New research tackles devastating peanut root rot (4/11/2014) has more information.  

Ascochyta blight – chickpea isolate survey

Dr Rebecca Ford

Dr Rebecca Ford from The University of Melbourne, discusses the survey of isolate pathogenicity in Ascochyta blight in chickpea. She describes the recent discovery of isolates that are more pathogenic on varieties such as HatTrick and Genesis 090, and how these isolates will contribute to developing Ascochyta resistance within the […]

How to use Hootsuite to manage Twitter

Hootsuite webinar

With it’s never ending Tsunami of information, Twitter can sometimes seem overwhelming and near impossible to follow. Hootsuite Webinar Presented by Victor Villegas (AKA @TwitrNinja) this webinar shows how to cut down the information overload and tame the sea of Twitter chaos by using Hootsuite, a web application you can […]

Loose smut in Hindmarsh barley

Increasing incidences of loose smut infections in Hindmarsh barley crops in South Australia and Western Australia has prompted investigation into the effectiveness of seed treatments in controlling the disease, particularly in susceptible varieties. Observations made by the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) pathology team over the past three […]