Category: Cereal diseases

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 […]

Apply fungicides to rusts emerging in Victorian cereal crops

Wheat leaf rust, barley leaf rust and wheat stripe rust have all been found in Victorian cereal crops. Growers and advisors are advised to inspect cereal crops for symptoms (Figure 1) and determine the need to apply foliar fungicides. Check the latest disease resistance ratings in the Victorian Cereal Disease Guide to identify varieties […]

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 […]

Stop the Spot continues the fight

Yellow spot causes tan – coloured lesions on the leaves that are surrounded by yellow halos.
Growers and advisers are being encouraged to send in samples of leaves with yellow spot and join researchers in the fight against yellow spot.
Results from the second year of the Stop the Spot campaign have […]