Field Crop Diseases

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 […]

Latest on Pulse disease – 2018 GRDC Update Papers

Keep up with the latest research information on pulse diseases including Ascochyta rabiei management. The following papers were presented at the GRDC Updates across Australia in February and March 2018. Click the paper titles to view the full papers. Northern Region Why adhering to integrated Ascochyta rabiei management strategy is […]

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 […]

Spot the difference – Identifying faba bean diseases

Figure 4 Alternaria dark lesions often have a red-brown margin with concentric rings. SOURCE Frank Henry, Agriculture Victoria and Rohan Kimber, SARDI

This guide is provided to help growers and agronomists identify common faba bean diseases in the field including ascochyta blight, cercospora leaf spot, chocolate spot, alternaria leaf spot and rust. Correct identification is important because different fungicides are used to manage different fungal diseases. In particular ascochyta blight, chocolate spot […]

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, […]

Managing barley loose smut infection

Loose smut in hindmarsh barley

Image source: Andrea Hills, DPIRD Loose smut was observed in barley crops in Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales, particularly Hindmarsh, LaTrobe and Spartacus in 2017. Smut infections were found in crops that had registered seed treatments applied to seed and good coverage achieved. This was because these […]

Cereal seed treatment guides

Applying fungicides to seed, or in furrow at sowing, are common management practices for managing cereal seed borne and fungal diseases – particularly bunts, smuts and powdery mildew. Similarly, seed treatments are becoming more important for the control of foliar diseases such as net blotches in barley and rusts in […]

Mungbean powdery mildew management with fungicide

Powdery mildew of mungbean, white fungal growth, on upper leaves of maturing mungbean plant

Caused by the fungus Podosphaera xanthii, powdery mildew of mungbean  is responsible for yield losses of up to 40% in  susceptible varieties within Australia. Plants are susceptible to the disease from the seedling stage onwards, with the first sign of infection being small, white circular patches on the lower leaves […]

Crown rot in winter cereals – Western region

West cereal crown rot 2017

*Information on crown rot symptoms and management is available in the article Crown rot in winter cereals During 2015 and 2016 there were low levels of crown rot in many wheat paddocks in the low to medium rainfall zones of WA. The severe level of disease experienced during the 2014 […]

Crown rot in winter cereals – Southern region

South cereal crown rot

*Information on crown rot symptoms and management is available in the article Crown rot in winter cereals South Australia In the main South Australian grain growing areas in 2017, crops generally established late or were sown early but did not receive follow-up rains for 4-8 weeks. In the South East many […]