Insects, nematodes and mites

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Nutrition management and plant disease with Dr Len Tesoriero (webinar recording)

Nutrition management and plant disease with Dr Len Tesoriero (webinar recording)
28 Feb 2017

A webinar on nutrition management and plant disease presented by Dr Len Tesoriero as part of the Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection projects.

Tomato potato psyllid

Tomato potato psyllid
20 Feb 2017

The psyllid is a tiny sap-sucking insect. Tomato potato psyllids go through three stages of development – adult, egg and nymph.

The tomato potato psyllid can cause capsicums and chili plants to die back. Foliage symptoms include leaves becoming misshapen, pale green or yellow with spiky tips and leaf stalks appear stunted.

It's importnat to practice sound crop hygiene/biosecurity practices to prevent the entry, establishment and spread of pests and diseases. Read this fact sheet from the Department of Agriculture and Food WA for more information.

Implementing IPM on farm - experiences from leading growers: Jerome Thompson, Werribee South Farm Supplies, Werribee South VIC

Implementing IPM on farm - experiences from leading growers: Jerome Thompson, Werribee South Farm Supplies, Werribee South VIC
9 Feb 2017

Jerome Thompson, Werribee South Farm Supplies CRT Store branch manager, supplies agricultural products to about 110 vegetable farmers in the Werribee South region.

Over the past 20 years Jerome has observed a progressive change in grower adoption of integrated pest management (IPM). Jerome notes opportunities for greater adoption of IPM through growers improving their skills in monitoring pests, timing sprays and identification of beneficial species.

Read this practical case study to learn more from leading growers.

Biofumigation cover crops in vegetable production with Julie Finnigan (webinar recording)

Biofumigation cover crops in vegetable production with Julie Finnigan (webinar recording)
31 Jan 2017

A webinar on biofumigation cover crops presented by Julie Finnigan and Dr Kelvin Montagu as part of the Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection projects.

Implementing IPM on farm - experiences from leading growers: Daniel Fragapane, Werribee South VIC

Implementing IPM on farm - experiences from leading growers: Daniel Fragapane, Werribee South VIC
19 Jan 2017

Werribee South vegetable grower, Daniel Fragapane, runs a 42 hectare farm growing cauliflowers and broccoli for supermarket chain ALDI. He adopted IPM on his Werribee South farm following a recommendation from his cousins.

Daniel has been impressed with the results he’s seen in this crop, following the use of IPM. The biggest challenge for him has been time scheduling of control options, such as avoiding peak UV periods for caterpillar control with products such as Dipel in summer.

Daniel has managed these challenges through a combination of targeted control, including strategic location spraying rather than whole of farm, and using alternative products when required.

Read this practical case study to learn more from leading growers.

Implementing IPM on farm - experiences from leading growers: Peter Schreurs and Sons, Devon Meadows VIC

Implementing IPM on farm - experiences from leading growers: Peter Schreurs and Sons, Devon Meadows VIC
5 Dec 2016

Peter Schreurs and Sons grow a range of vegetable crops on their 180 hectare farm in Devon Meadows near Cranbourne in Victoria. Leeks are the main crop in the business, but they also produce cos lettuce, endive, kohl-rabi, wombok and radicchio.

On the farm, Darren Schreurs is responsible for controlling pest and disease in the crops. Darren first encountered Integrated Pest Management (IPM) when he was trying to deal with mites and thrips in their leek crop.

Read this practical case study to learn more from leading growers.

Managing insect pests in greenhouses with Andy Ryland (webinar recording)

Managing insect pests in greenhouses with Andy Ryland (webinar recording)
22 Nov 2016

In this webinar Andy Ryland, talks about the ways to manage pests when growing vegetables in greenhouses.

Implementing IPM on farm - experiences from leading growers: Schreurs and Sons, Clyde VIC

Implementing IPM on farm - experiences from leading growers: Schreurs and Sons, Clyde VIC
9 Nov 2016

Schreurs and Sons are one of the largest celery producers in Australia. Production of celery by the family business has relied on IPM for well over a decade.

The original drivers for exploring an IPM option were borne out of problems relying on a pesticide- based strategy. After initial trials, where IPM was proven effective, the approach was implemented on all farms and crops.

Read this practical case study to learn more from leading growers.

Managing Onion Maggot in vegetables

Managing Onion Maggot in vegetables
24 Oct 2016

Onion Maggot (Delia platura), also known as seed corn maggot, is an agricultural pest that damages seeds and seedlings in a wide range of crops including corn, beans, onions, garlic, brassicas, potatoes and spinach.

Reports of damage by this pest are usually following cool wet spring conditions. This fact sheet provides practical advice on the damage caused by Onion Maggot, its life cycle, and the cultural, biological and chemical control options. There are also some tips for great further reading if you want to know more.

Managing pesticide resistance in vegetable crops with Dr Paul Horne (webinar recording)

Managing pesticide resistance in vegetable crops with Dr Paul Horne (webinar recording)
20 Oct 2016

Pesticide resistance is an ongoing concern for the vegetable industry.

If you missed this webinar on 20 October 2016, listen to the recording with expert practitioners Dr Paul Horne and Jessica Page from IPM Technologies and Carl Larsen, RMCG to find out more about how resistance arises, developing a resistance management strategy, and understanding all the control options available - biological, cultural and chemical.

Pest management - what are the options? with Dr Paul Horne (webinar recording)

Pest management - what are the options? with Dr Paul Horne (webinar recording)
22 Jul 2016

Watch this video if you missed this webinar on 22 July 2016.

Listen to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) experts Dr Paul Horne and Jessica Page with Carl Larsen discuss the chemical, cultural and biological options for controlling insect pests in Australian vegetable crops.

Brassica whitefly control in vegetables

Brassica whitefly control in vegetables
21 Jul 2016

Brassica whitefly (Aleyrodes proletella) is a pest of crops in the brassica family. This insect is not restricted to brassicas, although it prefers them. Its host range includes cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, kale and Asian vegetables, especially wombok (Chinese cabbage).

In NSW, the brassica whitefly has only become a pest of significance in the last 2-3 seasons but were first reported in Australia in 1997 in South Australia.

This fact sheet provides you with important information on damage, ecology, and management options including monitoring, cultural practices, biological control and chemical control.

Blankets for vegetables: Using frost cloth to protect plants from weather

Blankets for vegetables: Using frost cloth to protect plants from weather
21 Mar 2016

This fact sheet explains how floating row covers can be used to protect crops from frost and other weather extremes, while at the same time protecting crops from insect pests.

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in capsicums and chillies

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in capsicums and chillies
15 Mar 2016

This easy to read fact sheet provides information on control options (both chemical and non-chemical) for high priority pests in capsicums and chillies. This fact sheet is the last in a series of seven publications that provide details on the currently registered and permitted pesticides for key diseases, insects and weeds in your crop.

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in lettuce

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in lettuce
7 Mar 2016

This easy to read fact sheet provides information on control options (both chemical and non-chemical) for high priority pests in lettuce. This fact sheet is the sixth in a series of seven publications that provide details on the currently registered and permitted pesticides for key diseases, insects and weeds in your crop.

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in cucumbers

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in cucumbers
26 Feb 2016

This easy to read fact sheet provides information on control options (both chemical and non-chemical) for high priority pests in cucumbers. This fact sheet is the fifth in a series of seven publications that provide details on the currently registered and permitted pesticides for key diseases, insects and weeds in your crop.

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in celery

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in celery
19 Feb 2016

This easy to read fact sheet provides information on control options (both chemical and non-chemical) for high priority pests in celery. This fact sheet is the fourth in a series of seven publications that provide details on the currently registered and permitted pesticides for key diseases, insects and weeds in your crop.

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in carrots

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in carrots
12 Feb 2016

This easy to read fact sheet provides information on control options (both chemical and non-chemical) for high priority pests in carrots. This fact sheet is the third in a series of seven publications that provide details on the currently registered and permitted pesticides for key diseases, insects and weeds in your crop.

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in brassica vegetables

How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in brassica vegetables
4 Feb 2016

This easy to read fact sheet provides information on control options (both chemical and non-chemical) for high priority pests in brassica vegetable crops. This fact sheet is the second in a series of seven publications that provide details on the currently registered and permitted pesticides for key diseases, insects and weeds in your crop.

Managing Plant Health and Soils in Vegetables - Experiences from leading growers

Managing Plant Health and Soils in Vegetables - Experiences from leading growers
30 Jan 2016

Vegetable growers and advisors talk about how implementing integrated crop protection and new soil management practices has changed their business.

Slug control using Integrated Pest Management

Slug control using Integrated Pest Management
14 Dec 2015

In the higher rainfall zones, slugs in vegetable production systems can be a problem. As no single control method will provide complete protection, an integrated approach is best. Read this useful fact sheet to find out more, and learn from what other industries are doing.

Sweetpotato whole of crop integrated pest management strategies

Sweetpotato whole of crop integrated pest management strategies
1 Dec 2015

This video documentary showcases grower practices used to better manage sweetpotato pests in their Australian sweetpotato production systems. It was produced as a result of project VG09052 'Integration of crop and soil insect management in sweetpotato', which was undertaken by the Australian Sweetpotato Growers Association (ASPG inc).

Management of Root-Knot Nematode in Vegetable Crops

Management of Root-Knot Nematode in Vegetable Crops
26 Nov 2015

This booklet produced in 2014 provides information on managing root-knot nematode including:
- chemical and non-chemical control
- the impact of environmental conditions on nematodes
- nematode biology, and
- the symptoms of a nematode infestation.

Chemical control of nematodes in carrots

Chemical control of nematodes in carrots
26 Nov 2015

This webpage on the DAFWA site provides information on chemical options for the control of nematodes in carrot crops.

Tobamoviruses - tobacco mosaic virus, tomato mosaic virus and pepper mild mottle virus: Integrated virus disease management

Tobamoviruses - tobacco mosaic virus, tomato mosaic virus and pepper mild mottle virus: Integrated virus disease management
15 Oct 2015

Tobamoviruses—tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), tomato mosaic virus (ToMV) and pepper mild mottle virus (PMMV) — are stable and highly infectious viruses that are very easily spread from plant to plant by contact. These viruses can survive for long periods in crop debris and on contaminated equipment. Although these viruses affect field crops, they are more often a problem in greenhouse crops where plants are generally grown at a higher density and handled more frequently.

Managing Insect Contaminants

Managing Insect Contaminants
28 Sep 2015

Insects are potential contaminants of processed leafy vegetables. Pest and beneficial species, in both the juvenile and adult stages of their life cycles can become unwanted contaminants if they make their way from the field into the final packaged product and to the end consumer.

Biofumigation

Biofumigation
18 Aug 2015

Biofumigation is the use of specialised cover crops, which are grown, mulched and incorporated into the soil prior to cropping. High biomass, especially roots, can provide the traditional benefits of green manure crops, and if done right, naturally occurring compounds from the biofumigant plants can suppress soil-borne pests, diseases and weeds.

Identifying Key Pests and Diseases of Asian Vegetables

Identifying Key Pests and Diseases of Asian Vegetables
22 Jun 2015

The popularity of Asian vegetables has increased in recent years amongst consumers with a range of uses, including salad and baby leaf mixes. With increased demand has come the need to manage losses caused by pests and disease. Critical to the successful management of pest and diseases in any vegetable crop, is an understanding of the main pests and diseases known to affect each crop

Insect pests of cucurbit vegetables

Insect pests of cucurbit vegetables
22 Jun 2015

Cucurbits include watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins, squash, bitter melons, gourds, and hairy melons.

Thrips in green beans

Thrips in green beans
11 Jun 2015

This fact sheet contains information on the identification and management of thrips in green beans.

A Bug's Life

A Bug's Life
9 Jun 2015

This ABC Landline story which aired on the 3/04/2011 shows how other producers have implemented an ICP approach on their property. Discussions about vegetable ICP begin about 4 minutes into the video.

Thrips and tospovirus: a management guide

Thrips and tospovirus: a management guide
25 May 2015

This booklet provides concise information on the biology of both tospoviruses and their thrips vectors. This information is then related to the range of integrated methods that may be used to reduce the damage from both insect and virus.

Whitefly-transmitted viruses in vegetable crops: Integrated virus disease management

Whitefly-transmitted viruses in vegetable crops: Integrated virus disease management
25 May 2015

This technical reference note has been produced by Denis Persley and Cherie Gambley (DEEDI) as part of Horticulture Australia Limited project VGO 7128-Integrated management of virus diseases in vegetables.

Lettuce Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Lettuce Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
21 May 2015

Helpful four page fact sheet on integrating pest management in lettuce.

Spray Application Basics

Spray Application Basics
21 May 2015

This helpful fact sheet outlines the key information required to get the best out of your chemical application.

Mega Pests: The Basics of Protecting Your Crops

Mega Pests: The Basics of Protecting Your Crops
21 May 2015

Want to regain control over chemical-resistant pests? Aiming to reduce costs while meeting quality assurance requirements? The Integrated Crop Protection (ICP) extension team has developed a series of five fact sheets to assist growers manage Mega Pests.

Mega Pests: Managing Major Chewing and Biting Insects

Mega Pests: Managing Major Chewing and Biting Insects
21 May 2015

Want to regain control over chemical-resistant pests? Aiming to reduce costs while meeting quality assurance requirements? The Integrated Crop Protection (ICP) extension team has developed a series of five fact sheets to assist growers manage Mega Pests.

Mega Pests: Managing Sucking Pests

Mega Pests: Managing Sucking Pests
21 May 2015

Want to regain control over chemical-resistant pests? Aiming to reduce costs while meeting quality assurance requirements? The Integrated Crop Protection (ICP) extension team has developed a series of five fact sheets to assist growers manage Mega Pests.

Brassica Information Kit. Agrilink, your growing guide to better farming guide

Brassica Information Kit. Agrilink, your growing guide to better farming guide
21 May 2015

This website contains a series of documents to guide you through the successful prodution of Brassica crops.

Brassica Best Practice Integrated Pest Management

Brassica Best Practice Integrated Pest Management
11 May 2015

Specialists in all areas of brassica production, including insect, disease, nematode, weed and virus have combined to pool current knowledge on best practice IPM principles.

Rather than prescriptive rules for each problem, the information provides knowledge and general principles that you can use to plan for an integrated approach to crop production.

Natural control of insect pests in lettuce

Natural control of insect pests in lettuce
11 May 2015

Vegetable grower Peter Schreurs talks about how he controls insect pests using natural predators.

Natural control of insect pests in vegetables, Mornington Peninsula

Natural control of insect pests in vegetables, Mornington Peninsula
11 May 2015

Vegetable grower Paul Gazzola talks about how he controls insect pests using natural predators.

Natural control of insect pests in Broccoli, Werribee

Natural control of insect pests in Broccoli, Werribee
11 May 2015

Fresh Select vegetable grower Stuart Grigg talks about how he controls insect pests using natural predators.

Keep it CLEAN Reducing costs and losses in the management of pests and diseases in the greenhouse

Keep it CLEAN Reducing costs and losses in the management of pests and diseases in the greenhouse
11 May 2015

This guide has been produced in conjunction with participating greenhouse growers to provide a practical guide to help you to economically and effectively introduce preventative and integrated control strategies to manage pests and diseases in your greenhouses.

Viruses in vegetable crops in Australia - Integrated virus disease management

Viruses in vegetable crops in Australia - Integrated virus disease management
11 May 2015

Viruses are a major cause of loss in many Australian vegetable crops. Often the intricate relationships between the virus, host plants and the vector, or carrier, create problems in developing effective management systems. This reference note provides information on plant viruses and how they are transmitted, and lists viruses of importance to the Australian vegetable industry.