Field Crop Diseases

Diagnosing plant diseases: What do we ask and why do we ask for it?

Diagnosing a plant disease or other injury is like going to a medical doctor who must ask several questions before making an accurate diagnosis and recommending a treatment. If you withhold information, it can lead to a misdiagnosis. The same goes for crop diseases. Plant pathologists, specifically diagnosticians, are often […]

Blackleg Management Guide

Blackleg lesions on canola leaf

Blackleg is a fungal disease of canola that can cause severe yield loss. It is more severe in areas of intensive canola production as fungal spores are released from the previous year’s canola stubble and spread by wind and rain splash. With good management yield loss can be minimised. The blackleg management guide […]

Barley disease yield loss response curves

Trial plots for Barley disease yield loss response curves project.Source: Greg Platz.

Yield loss data is often generated by comparing trial plots with high disease levels and plots with no disease. Yield loss figures are then calculated based upon potential yield loss as a percentage of maximum yield in a susceptible variety. In an on-farm situation, disease pressure is more likely to […]

Proactively manage barley diseases in 2017 – interview with Mark McLean

Agronomists at field day with mark mclean discussing barley diseases.

After a bumper season in 2017 Victorian growers are reminded to be proactive in monitoring and management of barley diseases. Mark McLean, Barley Pathologist with Agriculture Victoria spoke to us at the Bendigo GRDC Updates and gives growers a heads up of what diseases are likely to pop up in […]

Top 3 diseases to watch for fungicide resistance

Figure 1. A) Barley net form of net blotch, B) barley powdery mildew and C) Wheat powdery mildew have been highlighted in the 2016 Fungicide Resistance Group sampling report.

Three key fungicide resistance findings from the 2016 growing season remind Australian growers to stay vigilant when it comes to monitoring crop disease. These are findings of the annual sampling report by the Fungicide Resistance Group, a program within the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, co-supported by Curtin University […]

Lupin growers to keep an eye out for Lupin anthracnose

In the eastern Riverina region of NSW in October 2016 lupin anthracnose was detected for the first time in commercial crops. The disease is present in WA and SA but still remains a notifiable exotic disease in NSW and Victoria. Natural hosts of lupin anthracnose are not established in NSW […]

Spot the difference – identifying fungal diseases on canola

This article describes the different symptoms of canola fungal diseases blackleg, white leaf spot, downy mildew and alternaria leaf spot. Blackleg Blackleg, caused by the fungus Leptosphaeria maculans, is the most serious disease of canola in Australia. Blackleg lesions are grey, circular spots with black fruiting bodies (pycnidia) forming in the […]

The Northern Chickpea Ascochyta Diaries

Chickpea Ascochyta - kevin moore

Do you find The Northern Chickpea Ascochyta Diaries useful? Tell us what you think in this 2 minute survey.  These diaries are intended to update chickpea growers in New South Wales and Queensland with the current Ascochyta situation in 2017. They will be updated with observations throughout the season. 30 […]

Preliminary PREDICTA® B results show prevalence of Ascochyta inoculum

Figure 1 Ascochyta blight (Phoma rabiei) population density in PREDICTA® B and NVT sites in 2017

Growers are now able to utilise the PREDICTA® B DNA-based soil test to detect the presence of Ascochyta blight inoculum (Phoma rabiei) in their paddocks. Initial testing has shown that the Ascochyta fungus was detected in 35 per cent of samples from the Northern Region. This finding is a concern […]

Chocolate Spot in Vetch – Northern Victorian Mallee

Figure 2. Botrytis spp. causing Chocolate spot in vetch.

Chocolate spot has been found in some early sown vetch crops in the Northern Victorian Mallee. This disease develops in warm and humid canopies. Given suitable conditions this can be a damaging disease that may warrant control with fungicides, although growers should consider the economics of applying fungicides to vetch. […]