Field Crop Diseases

Viruses in pulse crops in the Northern region

Chickpea and other pulse crops in the Northern region can be significantly affected by a range of aphid transmitted viruses as was observed in chickpea crops in 2012 and 2013.
The effect of virus infection on plants include stunting, reddening, chlorosis, distortion, shoot tip wilting, reduced yield and grain quality and […]

Update on BWYV in early infected canola in SA

These canola crops in the Eudunda area of the Lower North in South Australia were infected with BWYV at the rosette stage. SARDI pathologists and entomologists first visited them in on the 17th of June.
In late June the young plants initially dropped all leaves and then started to re-shoot so […]

BWYV in Canola – Don McCaffery NSW DPI interview

Don McCaffery, Technical Specialist (Pulses and Oilseeds), NSW DPI talks about the beet western yellows virus (BWYV) outbreak in canola.
He discusses the spread of the virus in NSW, monitoring for green peach aphid (GPA), considerations for spraying, virus symptoms, potential yield impact and implications for 2015.
Growers are advised to monitor […]

BWYV in Canola in South Australia (slideshow)

Presentation from August 2014.
This presentation describes the lead up to the recent beet western yellows virus outbreak in the southern region, the current situation and the situation moving forward. It contains information relating to the symptoms of BWYV in canola, likely yield losses of affected crops and factors that contributed to this […]

Chickpea Ascochyta Alert – Northern Region

Chickpea Ascochyta blight has been confirmed in several crops of chickpeas with improved Ascochyta resistance.
On 8 July, Dr Kevin Moore, plant pathologist based at NSWDPI, Tamworth, confirmed chickpea Ascochyta blight in a crop of Flipper at North Star NE Moree. From then to 10 August, Kevin found the disease in […]