Tag archive: northern region

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 […]

Cereal disease guides

The Cereal Disease Guides are essential reading to learn about the latest changes to disease resistance. The Guides also summarise what happened in the last season and what diseases are likely in the coming year. The resistance ratings in the guides are an important management tool because they provide a […]

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 […]

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 – Northern region

*Information on crown rot symptoms and management is available in the article Crown rot in winter cereals Dry seasonal conditions across much of NSW and Qld cropping areas favoured the expression of crown rot in wheat, barley and durum crops in 2017. Unfortunately, dry conditions during winter even resulted in crown […]

Crown rot in winter cereals

Dry seasonal conditions across much of Australia in 2017 favoured the expression of whiteheads in wheat crops associated with infection by the fungal disease crown rot. Crown rot infection of seedlings is favoured by a wet start to the season. If the season stays wet and/or mild there may be […]

Eyespot of winter cereals – interview with Marg Evans

Marg evans discussing eyespot

We interviewed Marg Evans from SARDI about Eyespot, a fungal disease of cereals which occurs in medium and high rainfall zones. The disease has been known to occur in paddocks in New South Wales and South Australia for many years.  In this short video Marg discusses symptoms, management and current […]

Eyespot of winter cereals – an emerging disease

Eyespot is a fungal disease of cereals which occurs in medium and high rainfall zones and has been known to occur in paddocks in New South Wales and South Australia for many years. More recently, with changes in farming systems, eyespot has been causing increasing problems in South Australia. In […]

Latest on crop disease – 2017 GRDC mid-year update papers

Keep up with the latest research information on crop diseases including blackleg, sclerotinia, wheat rusts and septoria.  The following papers were presented at the GRDC Updates across Australia in July and August 2017. Click the paper titles to view the full papers. Southern Update Papers Northern Update papers Wheat and […]

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 […]