Category: Cereal diseases

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New weapon in the arsenal to fight barley powdery mildew

A new genetic discovery from an Ethiopian landrace has potential to significantly improve resistance in barley to powdery mildew.
For the first time researchers at the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) have found a gene that is resistant to all forms of powdery mildew, without affecting yield. The discovery […]