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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 […]

The Northern Chickpea Ascochyta Diaries

Chickpea Ascochyta - kevin moore

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 June 2017 – Should I spray for Ascochyta before forecast 3 July rainfall? Is a fungicide spray required before […]

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. […]

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 […]