Category: Cereal diseases

Protect wheat from Septoria tritici this spring

Septoria tritici with black fruiting bodies pycinidia. Source: Frank Henry (Agriculture Victoria)

Septoria tritici blotch is present in wheat crops in the Victoria Wimmera and across the medium and high rainfalls regions of SA. Agronomists and growers are encouraged to monitor their wheat for symptoms, with a view to fungicide control if necessary.
This disease was common at low levels in the Wimmera […]

Proactively manage barley disease in 2017 – interview with Mark McLean

Agronomists at field day with mark mclean with youtube icon overlay

After a bumper season in 2017 Victorian growers are reminded to be proactive in monitoring and management of barley diseases. Mark McLean, Barley Pathologist with Agriculture Victoria spoke to us at the Bendigo GRDC Updates and gives growers a heads up of what diseases are likely to pop up in […]

Top 3 diseases to watch for fungicide resistance

Figure 1. A) Barley net form of net blotch, B) barley powdery mildew and C) Wheat powdery mildew have been highlighted in the 2016 Fungicide Resistance Group sampling report.

Three key fungicide resistance findings from the 2016 growing season remind Australian growers to stay vigilant when it comes to monitoring crop disease.
These are findings of the annual sampling report by the Fungicide Resistance Group, a program within the Centre for Crop and Disease Management, co-supported by Curtin University and […]

What caused low levels of fusarium head blight in 2016?

We caught up with Steven Simpfendorfer, Senior Cereal Pathologist with NSW DPI at the Goondiwindi GRDC Research Update to have a chat about where low levels of Fusarium head blight came from in 2016, and what growers should be doing to manage infected seed and crown rot inoculum levels. This […]

Don’t be complacent with rust management in the Northern Region

Although rust wasn’t a major issue for growers in the Northern Region in 2016, Senior Cereal Pathologist Steven Simpfendorfer, NSW DPI warns growers not to be complacent when it comes to managing rust in 2017.
Further information

Rustbust
QLD Wheat Variety Guide
NSW Winter Crop Variety Sowing Guide

Acknowledgements
Lise Snyman, QDAF
 

Connecting the farm: Digital Ag and the “Internet of Things”

We recently held a webinar which provided an introduction to the concept of the ‘Internet of Things’. IoT is The networking of “things” like electronic devices, sensors and machinery has the potential to create efficiencies across all facets of life, and on farm.  
Jeff Hino, Digital Strategy consultant (previously Learning […]

Latest on Cereal disease – 2017 GRDC Update Papers

Keep up with the latest research information on cereal diseases including Septoria tritici blotch of wheat, crown rot, rust, Fusarium head blight, and yellow leaf spot. The following papers were presented at the GRDC Updates across Australia in February and March 2017.
Click the paper titles to view the full papers.
We’ve […]

Net form of net blotch fungicide resistance discovered in WA

Figure 1: Five locations across Western Australia have tested positive to the resistant strain of net form net blotch: Kojonup; Beverley; Bakers Hill; West Arthur; Dandaragan.
Following the discovery of fungicide-resistant net-form of net blotch (NFNB) in Western Australia (Figure 1), a costly problem may be about to get a whole […]