Field Crop Diseases

Wet conditions favour development of Sclerotinia stem rot in canola

Recent wet conditions have favoured the development of sclerotinia stem rot in canola crops across south-eastern Australia. Growers need to consider their risk and enact a management strategy now to avoid yield loss later in the season.
Key considerations for management
High risk indicators for sclerotinia
A combination of the following risk factors […]

Latest on crop disease: 2016 Mid-year GRDC Update Papers

Northern Region
Management of the major mungbean diseases in Australia
Presented at Towoomba, Chinchilla and Mullaley by Lisa Kelly DAF QLD

For management of halo blight and tan spot: Plant seed with the lowest possible levels of infection, use varieties with higher levels of resistance, clean harvesting equipment, control weeds and volunteers, and […]

Webinar: Sclerotinia in canola – what do we need to do?

This webinar was presented by Ravjit Khangura from DAFWA on July 11, 2016. The webinar covers early infection of canola crops with Sclerotinia and when to apply fungicides.
Key messages

Apothecia emergence is now widespread in Western Australia
Some crops have been infected pre-flowering
Disease epidemics are favoured by continuous wet and […]

Early severe blackleg infection requires fungicide application

Monitor crops for blackleg
Growers are usually encouraged to monitor for blackleg in the spring. However, in 2016 widespread, severe early blackleg leaf lesions have occurred across Australia’s canola growing regions.
The increased incidence of early disease is due to the following key factors:

continued leaf wetness driving the disease cycle;
the blackleg […]

Blackleg fungicide tolerance survey 2015

As canola becomes more common in the rotation and the intensity of production increases so does growers reliance on fungicides to combat blackleg infection. In 2015, researchers surveyed commercial paddocks for the presence of fungicide tolerance in blackleg populations. Steve Marcroft discusses the survey, its findings and the implications for […]

Understanding the cause of blackleg stem and branch cankers

In recent years, blackleg infection has affected the upper stems and branches of canola plants leading to yield loss as branches and pods on affected plants senesce prematurely causing yield loss. Steve Marcroft explains the factors researchers now believe are causing cankers on stems and branches of canola crops.
Further information
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