Summer paddock survey finds fungal and bacterial diseases decreased but not eliminated

Figure 3 Halo blight disease signs on mungbean (Photo A.H. Sparks).

Summer crop paddocks across northern New South Wales, southern Queensland and central Queensland, were surveyed to monitor the fungal and bacterial diseases present in the 2017-2018 summer cropping season. The season was unusually hot and dry, which in most cases, led to reduced fungal and bacterial diseases, but did not […]

Re-visiting management options for charcoal rot in sorghum

Figure 1. Sorghum crop in Bongeen Qld, January 2018_Dante Adorada USQ

With the summer cropping season nearing completion, growers are hoping for an above average yield of sorghum crop for the 2017/2018 summer growing season in the Northern Region. Crops looked good as of the end of January (Figure 1), but by mid-February tweets were flying and phone calls were being […]

Don’t turn your back on ascochyta in pulses despite dry

Ascochyta in lentils

Dry conditions across the medium and low rainfall zones in South Australia and Victoria hasn’t stopped the development of ascochyta blight in some chickpea and lentil crops. In spite of low seasonal rainfall, the frequent rainfall events during August along with heavy dews have provided suitable conditions for infection in […]

Which foliar fungicide active ingredients are registered for WA?

WA foliar fungicides registrations

Registrations of foliar fungicides for use in cereals, canola & lupins in Western Australia were updated in April 2018. The information provided details of products with full registration or with permits for use in WA and provides further details on application rates, withholding periods and other instructions, along with how […]

Benchmarking blackleg fungicide resistance

Canola seedlings being screened for fungicide resistance in blackleg populations.

Understanding the current levels of fungicide resistance in blackleg populations is key to monitoring the effectiveness of current fungicides and new chemistries entering the market. In 2015 a survey of 200 canola paddocks found 15% of canola paddocks contained blackleg that was tolerant to Jockey fungicide (fluquinconazole). This season, Marcroft […]

Bacterial blight survey to inform breeding efforts

Symptoms of bacterial blight on Kaspa field peas grown at Horsham, Victoria

Following on from samples submitted in 2017, researchers are again this year requesting industry to submit green field pea samples infected with bacterial blight from all pea growing regions. These samples will help researchers understand the prevalence of the pathovars within the bacterial blight pathogen population. Bacterial blight disease in […]

Bacterial Blight survey to inform breeding efforts – 2017 survey results

Bacterial blight

In 2017 researchers requested the industry to submit field pea samples infected with bacterial blight from all pea growing regions around Australia to help understand the prevalence of the pathovars within the pathogen population. Bacterial blight disease in field peas is caused by the bacterial pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae pathovars syringae […]

When drought meets disease: what can we expect for our 2018 winter cereals?

Figure 1. Cereal crop exhibiting honey brown discolouration of stem bases which is characteristic of crown rot infection disease cereals (right) versus healthy crop (left). Source: Toni Petronaitis

Severe rain deficiencies persist in Central and Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland, with drier than average conditions expected for the growing season.  This widespread drought in the northern grains region has left growers with limited options for sowing their winter cereal crops. However, dry conditions can also bring […]

Taking stock of what we know about Crown rot

Crown rot whiteheads in trial plot. Source Lee Hickey.

Crown rot has long been present in Australian cropping systems, but the introduction of minimum tillage systems, changing rainfall patterns and increased heat events has meant an increase in the severity and prevalence of this disease. This article looks at the key findings from the recent review Crown rot of […]

New wheat stripe rust pathotype detected in eastern Australia

Photo of a wheat variety with effective stripe rust resistance which has no symptoms and on the right, a susceptible variety is covered in stripe rust. Source: Luise Sigel, Agriculture Victoria

A new stripe rust pathotype detected at two separate locations in Victoria during 2017 may have important implications for some wheat varieties grown in eastern Australia. Studies during 2018 will better establish the likely impact of this new pathotype on affected wheat varieties. For most wheat varieties, stripe rust ratings […]