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Wet season raises soil-borne disease threat

Grain Central, 23 March 2017

The wet season of 2016 will have favoured the multiplication of many soil-borne pathogens, with experts recommending that any growers contemplating growing wheat in paddocks following cereals or grassy pastures to consider using PreDicta B® testing.

Fungicide resistance discovery calls for urgent action

Grain Central, 22 March 2017

Australian grain growers are being advised to implement effective integrated disease management strategies following the discovery of resistance to strobilurin fungicides in wheat powdery mildew (WPM).

Should I grow wheat or barley this winter?

Grain Central, 21 March 2017

Growers in the northern grain region deciding whether to plant wheat or barley in paddocks with a medium to high risk of crown rot infection in 2017 should weigh up key factors, including time of sowing and variety choice to maximise profits.

WA facing potentially severe weed year

Grain Central, 13 March 2017

Grain growers are urged to adopt the Scouting Movement’s motto and ‘be prepared’ for the risk of a big year for crop pests and diseases.

Chickpea growers brace for new-season disease attack

Neil Lyon, 08 March 2017

For the first time in the history of chickpeas in eastern Australia, farmers will be going into the winter sowing season this year with more inoculum of the pathogens that attack chickpeas than ever before.

Wet spring creates new-season challenges for southern growers

Grain Central, 17 February 2017

A wet spring and high-yielding 2016 cropping season in southern Australia has presented southern cropping farmers with a new set of challenges for the coming season.

New gene key to unlocking blackleg resistance in canola

Grain Central, 17 January 2017

NSW DPI scientists have found new canola genes for resistance to blackleg, the major disease threat to Australia’s canola industry.

Curtin opens new home for crop disease research

Guest Author, 12 December 2016

Perth’s Curtin University has opened a new $46 million agriculture research facility as the new home for its Centre for Crop and Disease Management.

Anthracnose confirmed in NSW lupins

Grain Central, 20 October 2016

The damaging fungal disease, anthracnose, has been confirmed in NSW lupin crops.

Loose smut found in Vic barley crops

Grain Central, 14 October 2016

Barley growers are urged to monitor for loose smut infection before harvest after low levels of the disease were found in some crops in Victoria.