Crown rot disease is beginning to flare in winter cereal crops across the northern farming zone.
Farmers should be closely monitoring their crops to avoid yield losses from a range of diseases which could hit this spring.
Ratoon cotton, which occurs when a plant survives over winter and then regrows from the old root stock, is best managed post-harvest.
In a world first, researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA) in collaboration with Punjab Agricultural University in India have found the key to resistance to sclerotinia stem rot, a major fungal disease in brassica oilseed crops such as canola and mustard.
Septoria tritici blotch has been reported in Wimmera wheat crops and Agriculture Victoria is urging growers to inspect their crops.
Chickpea growers and consultants are being advised to ‘monitor closely and act promptly’ to reduce the disease risk in this year’s crops and land the 2017 harvest safely.
Resistance to one of the most damaging wheat diseases, yellow spot, has been bolstered with the discovery of 11 new genes that will help make future varieties less susceptible to the fungal pathogen.
New research by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will focus on the fungal disease Verticillium wilt to help the Australian cotton industry manage the risk associated with the disease.
An international team of researchers has uncovered an important link to a disease which, left unchecked, could prove devastating to wheat.
A three-year research initiative has analysed samples of yellow spot – arguably Australia’s most economically damaging wheat disease – generating valuable knowledge that will help breeders develop varieties with improved disease resistance.