Strengthened biosecurity measures are again in place to safeguard Australia’s industries and environment from one of horticulture’s most damaging plant pests—the brown marmorated stink bug.
There are over 500 species of fruit fly in our region, and the great majority are no problem for growers. Some, however, are among the most destructive pests of horticulture.
Crop monitoring will be imperative for grain growers this spring, with heightened activity forecast for aphids across the agricultural region.
Applying fungicides to manage barley spot type net blotch (STNB) can be economic where there is high disease pressure, such as retained barley stubble, even in lower rainfall years.
Regional communities across Victoria’s many horticultural regions will be better equipped to actively manage fruit flies thanks to a $6.7 million funding boost from the Victorian Government.
Growers in Western Australia’s Great Southern and south coastal regions are encouraged to check barley crops for leaf rust and to spray infections early because the disease is difficult to manage if left unchecked.
Participants at WA WeedSmart Week will hear the benefits of improving crop competition to combat weeds using the techniques of east-west sowing and narrow row spacing.
Recent changes to the management of Johne’s disease (JD) in cattle has led to a greater focus on biosecurity at a farm level, with producers controlling the disease risk on their own properties.