Field Crop Diseases

Crown rot in winter cereals -Northern region

*Information on crown rot symptoms and management is available in the article Crown rot in winter cereals
Dry seasonal conditions across much of NSW and Qld cropping areas favoured the expression of crown rot in wheat, barley and durum crops in 2017. Unfortunately, dry conditions during winter even resulted in crown […]

Crown rot in winter cereals

Dry seasonal conditions across much of Australia in 2017 favoured the expression of whiteheads in wheat crops associated with infection by the fungal disease crown rot.
Crown rot infection of seedlings is favoured by a wet start to the season. If the season stays wet and/or mild there may be no […]

Eyespot of winter cereals – an emerging disease

Eyespot is a fungal disease of cereals which occurs in medium and high rainfall zones and has been known to occur in paddocks in New South Wales and South Australia for many years. More recently, with changes in farming systems, eyespot has been causing increasing problems in South Australia. In […]

Cucumber Mosaic Virus – sowing healthy seed is critical

Aphid-borne virus epidemics are favoured when a significant source of virus infection is present, and climatic conditions (warm weather, rainfall sufficient for green bridge development) favour aphid buildup. Best management for seed-borne pulse viruses, such as Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV) starts with maintaining a healthy seed source. Sowing healthy seed […]

Latest Research from the Science Protecting Plant Health conference

The Science Protecting Plant Health Conference was held in Brisbane during September 2017. A partnership between the Australian Plant Pathology Society and the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre, conference presentations covered diagnostics, resistance breeding, epidemiology, emerging pests and diseases, biological control, on-farm biosecurity, pest and pathogen surveillance and responding to pest […]

Bacterial blight survey to inform breeding efforts

Bacterial blight in field pea. Source Pragya Kant, Agriculture Victoria

Researchers are requesting industry to submit field pea samples infected with bacterial blight from all pea growing regions. This survey will help researchers understand the prevalence of the pathovars within the pathogen population.
Bacterial blight disease in field pea is caused by the bacterial pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae. There are two pathovars, pv.syringae […]

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 […]