Field Crop Diseases

Monitor blackleg severity to ensure return on fungicide application

During 2015 and 2016 the blackleg fungus overcame the blackleg resistance of some Group A cultivars. These cultivars dropped from Moderately Resistant (MR) to Moderately Susceptible (MS) and all updated ratings are available in the 2017 Autumn Blackleg Management guide. In the lead up to the 2017 season, fungicide application […]

Getting the timing right to manage Yellow Leaf Spot in wheat

Yellow leaf spot spores on stubble

Variable responses to fungicide timing to manage Yellow Leaf Spot in wheat led researchers to look more closely at how the fungus matures on stubble. Researchers are looking into how the fungus which causes Yellow Leaf Spot on wheat survives and matures on stubble, which in turn affects the onset […]

Plan and budget for chickpea Ascochyta in advance

ascochyta in genesis 090 chickpeas

Leading into the 2017 season the risks presented by Ascochyta blight in chickpeas are at an elevated level. The occurrence of a new virulent strain of the Ascochyta blight pathogen has resulted in all resistance ratings being revised to susceptible or moderately susceptible. Throughout the Southern Region there is also […]

Top tips for managing pulse diseases in 2017

SARDI Pulse Pathologist Jenny Davidson gives an outline of the main pulse disease issues to watch out for heading into the 2017 season while at the February 2017 GRDC Research Update in Adelaide. In particular, Jenny addresses botrytis and chocolate spot as well as ascochyta resistance breakdown in lentils in […]

Back to back a bad call for chickpea growers

Chickpea Ascochyta - kevin moore

High grain prices are tempting at the best of times, particularly when another rotation staple is at historical lows. This it the predicament some chickpea growers are facing in the GRDC Northern Region, with high chickpea prices and low cereal prices heading into the 2017 season tempting some growers to […]

What caused low levels of fusarium head blight in 2016?

We caught up with Steven Simpfendorfer, Senior Cereal Pathologist with NSW DPI at the Goondiwindi GRDC Research Update to have a chat about where low levels of Fusarium head blight came from in 2016, and what growers should be doing to manage infected seed and crown rot inoculum levels. This […]

Don’t be complacent with rust management in the Northern Region

Although rust wasn’t a major issue for growers in the Northern Region in 2016, Senior Cereal Pathologist Steven Simpfendorfer, NSW DPI warns growers not to be complacent when it comes to managing rust in 2017. Further information Rustbust QLD Wheat Variety Guide NSW Winter Crop Variety Sowing Guide Latest on […]

Connecting the farm: Digital Ag and the “Internet of Things”

We recently held a webinar which provided an introduction to the concept of the ‘Internet of Things’. IoT is The networking of “things” like electronic devices, sensors and machinery has the potential to create efficiencies across all facets of life, and on farm.   Jeff Hino, Digital Strategy consultant (previously […]

Latest on Pulse disease – 2017 GRDC Update Papers

Keep up with the latest research information on pulse diseases including chocolate spot, Phytophthora root tot and Ascochyta blight. The following papers were presented at the GRDC Updates across Australia in February and March 2017. Click the paper titles to view the full papers. We’ve also pulled together all the: Canola […]

Latest on Canola disease – 2017 GRDC Update Papers

Keep up with the latest research information on canola diseases including blackleg and sclerotinia. The following papers were presented at the GRDC Updates across Australia in February and March 2017. Click the paper titles to view the full papers. We’ve also pulled together all the: Cereal disease papers Pulse disease papers […]