Field Crop Diseases

Latest on crop disease – 2017 GRDC mid-year update papers

Keep up with the latest research information on crop diseases including blackleg, sclerotinia, wheat rusts and septoria.  The following papers were presented at the GRDC Updates across Australia in July and August 2017. Click the paper titles to view the full papers.
Spray boom technology – improving coverage and managing drift
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Reduce resistance risk with good fungicide management

Chemical drums and trailing boom spray in paddock. Source: Agriculture Victoria

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Nick Poole, Managing Director at the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) Australia highlights key considerations for the management of fungicides including reducing the risk of resistance. He stresses the importance of rotating fungicides to reduce the risk of […]

Diagnosing plant diseases: What do we ask and why do we ask for it?

Diagnosing a plant disease or other injury is like going to a medical doctor who must ask several questions before making an accurate diagnosis and recommending a treatment. If you withhold information, it can lead to a misdiagnosis. The same goes for crop diseases. Plant pathologists, specifically diagnosticians, are often […]

Blackleg Management Guide

Blackleg lesions on canola leaf

Figure 1. Blackleg leaf lesion on canola
Blackleg is a fungal disease of canola that can cause severe yield loss. It is more severe in areas of intensive canola production as fungal spores are released from the previous year’s canola stubble and spread by wind and rain splash. With good management yield loss […]

Proactively manage barley diseases in 2017 – interview with Mark McLean

Agronomists at field day with mark mclean discussing barley diseases.

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 […]

Lupin growers to keep an eye out for Lupin anthracnose

In the eastern Riverina region of NSW in October 2016 lupin anthracnose was detected for the first time in commercial crops. The disease is present in WA and SA but still remains a notifiable exotic disease in NSW and Victoria. Natural hosts of lupin anthracnose are not established in NSW […]

Spot the difference – identifying fungal diseases on canola

This article describes the different symptoms of canola fungal diseases blackleg, white leaf spot, downy mildew and alternaria leaf spot.
Blackleg
Blackleg, caused by the fungus Leptosphaeria maculans, is the most serious disease of canola in Australia. Blackleg lesions are grey, circular spots with black fruiting bodies (pycnidia) forming in the centre (Figures […]