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Keep an eye on barley loose smut infection levels prior to harvest

Low levels of loose smut are being observed in some barley crops in Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales, particularly Hindmarsh, LaTrobe and Spartacus. Loose smut has been an issue in Hindmarsh in SA and WA in previous years.
Smut infections have been found in crops that have had […]

Bacterial blight in field peas

Exacerbated by frost events, severe bacterial blight has recently been reported in the Mid and Upper North and Upper Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, increasing the importance of containment measures. Multiple frosts can cause bacterial blight epidemics to develop and may result in significant yield loss as the conditions provide […]

Chocolate Spot in faba beans

Chocolate spot is one of the most severe disease of faba bean in Victoria, SA and NSW, and occurs in all areas where the crop is grown. ┬áIn light of recent persistent rains across the southern region, frequent rainfall events in combination with wet soils will contribute to humidity beneath […]

Botrytis Grey Mould of Lentil

With Botrytis Grey Mould (BGM) recently found in early sown lentil crops sown on narrow rows, vigilant disease monitoring and management is crucial now to minimise impact and yield loss. Conducive growing conditions this season have resulted in heavy crop canopies in many districts of South Australia and Victoria, which […]

Russian wheat aphid numbers increasing with spring upon us

Growers and advisors will need to remain vigilant and monitor crops closely for the presence of Russian wheat aphid (RWA), particularly in the Wimmera/Mallee region. Current reports indicate that RWA is widespread in the Wimmera and populations are becoming more evident in the Mallee. Russian wheat aphid has also been […]