Chickpea growers are being encouraged to have seed tested to assess germination and any impacts from frost or mould after a season marked by frosts and late rain.
New wheat varieties with improved resistance to the significant fungal disease Stagonospora nodorum blotch (SNB) are on the horizon, after a scientific boost from the new draft wheat genome.
New South Wales lupin crops have been given the all clear for lupin anthracnose disease after a joint NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) biosecurity surveillance operation found no sign of the devastating disease.
The addiction of Ascochyta blight to the list of diseases detected by the DNA-based soil test, PredictaB, will give chickpea growers an extra tool to assess inoculum carryover from previous chickpea crops and help them make more informed decisions on paddock selection.
Stem rust caused devastating crop epidemics and famine for centuries before being tamed by fungicides and resistance genes, but the current global economic loss from wheat stem rust remains high at about US$1 billion a year.
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.