Category: Cereal diseases

Taking stock of what we know about Crown rot

Crown rot whiteheads in trial plot. Source Lee Hickey.

Crown rot has long been present in Australian cropping systems, but the introduction of minimum tillage systems, changing rainfall patterns and increased heat events has meant an increase in the severity and prevalence of this disease.
This article looks at the key findings from the recent review Crown rot of wheat […]

New wheat stripe rust pathotype detected in eastern Australia

Photo of a wheat variety with effective stripe rust resistance which has no symptoms and on the right, a susceptible variety is covered in stripe rust. Source: Luise Sigel, Agriculture Victoria

A new stripe rust pathotype detected at two separate locations in Victoria during 2017 may have important implications for some wheat varieties grown in eastern Australia. Studies during 2018 will better establish the likely impact of this new pathotype on affected wheat varieties.
For most wheat varieties, stripe rust ratings will […]

Septoria tritici blotch update

Even though 2017 wasn’t particularly conducive to wet weather diseases like Septoria tritici blotch, there were still widespread reports of this disease in crops throughout southern Australia. ‘How we can therefore manage our fungicide use to reduce resistance risk’ was Nick Poole’s key message when he presented at the Adelaide […]

Latest on Cereal disease – 2018 GRDC Update Papers

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Keep up with the latest research information on cereal diseases including root diseases and crown rot. The following papers and key messages were presented at the GRDC Updates across Australia in February and March 2018.

Southern region papers
Northern region papers
Western region papers

Read the key messages from each paper below and click […]

Re-visiting management options for charcoal rot in sorghum

Figure 1. Sorghum crop in Bongeen Qld, January 2018_Dante Adorada USQ

With the summer cropping season nearing completion, growers are hoping for an above average yield of sorghum crop for the 2017/2018 summer growing season in the Northern Region. Crops looked good as of the end of January (Figure 1), but by mid-February tweets were flying and phone calls were being […]

Top five of 2017

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Take a look at our five most popular articles and videos from 2017.  
This year we published 35 articles on extensionAUS Field Crop Diseases. These articles covered many disease issues which impact on grains production.
These articles were prepared with, and reviewed by, members of our Community of Practice, Australia’s leading […]

Managing barley loose smut infection

Loose smut in hindmarsh barley

Image source: Andrea Hills, DPIRD
Loose smut was observed in barley crops in Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales, particularly Hindmarsh, LaTrobe and Spartacus in 2017. Smut infections were found in crops that had registered seed treatments applied to seed and good coverage achieved. This was because these barley […]