Field Crop Diseases

Managing Ascochyta inoculum key to reducing impact on 2017 chickpea crops

Following a high incidence of Ascochyta blight in 2016 chickpea crops throughout northern NSW and Queensland, there will be a large amount of ascochyta inoculum to infect 2017 chickpea crops.  This inoculum will be present in three forms:

Ascochyta infected chickpea residue being discharged out the back of headers or spread […]

Webinar: Telling your story with maps

story maps

Using Esri Story Maps is a great way to share your information and story with a wide variety of stakeholders with no coding experience necessary. Story Maps is driven by ArcGIS Online and provides a great method for communicating information and engaging your audience in a graphical and narrative way. […]

Consider crop maturity to determine management of ascochyta blight (blackspot) in field peas

Severe infections of ascochyta blight have recently been found in Victorian Wimmera Mallee and South Australian field pea crops .  The extended cool and wet conditions have been conducive for the disease to cycle continuously, creating spore showers that have infected the upper canopy. In a wet season such as […]

Webinar: Running Effective Webinars

Jennifer Chilek, eLearning and Extension specialist from Texas A&M University presented this webinar on 10th May 2016. Jennifer Chilek has been using technology to teach and teaching people to use technology for communication and educational outreach for nearly 2 decades. The webinar covers all aspects of how to run an […]

Webinar: UAVs in the USA

Find out how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are being used in agriculture in the USA. What types are most popular and why, the basics of getting off the ground, and what’s on the horizon for the use of drones in agriculture.
In this one hour webinar recorded for eXtensionAUS, Victor Villegas […]

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 […]

Bacterial blight in field peas

Exacerbated by frost events, severe bacterial blight has recently been reported in the Mid and Upper North and Upper Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, increasing the importance of containment measures. Multiple frosts can cause bacterial blight epidemics to develop and may result in significant yield loss as the conditions provide […]

Chocolate Spot in faba beans

Chocolate spot is one of the most severe disease of faba bean in Victoria, SA and NSW, and occurs in all areas where the crop is grown.  In light of recent persistent rains across the southern region, frequent rainfall events in combination with wet soils will contribute to humidity beneath […]