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Summary of Resources and Communication: Handy hints and where to find useful information (Phase 1)

November 2017
Summary of Resources and Communication: Handy hints and where to find useful information (Phase 1)

This guide summarises useful information developed by the Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection (ICP) Phase 1 projects from 2014-2017, and where to find it. These resources are relevant to all major vegetable growing regions in Australia. The resources developed includes fact sheets (51), case studies (12), videos and apps (36), e-newsletters (32 editions), as well as demonstration site information. The main topics covered by these resources include crop management, pest and disease management, and soil, nutrition and compost.

All the resources in this guide can be found on this project website.

Soil Wealth and ICP Achievements Phase 1

May 2017
Soil Wealth and ICP Achievements Phase 1

The Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection projects provide R&D extension services, products and communication on improved soil management and plant health to the Australian vegetable industry.

From 2014 to 2017, RMCG and AHR have delivered the projects for Horticulture Innovation Australia. Phase 1 of the projects have now been completed. So, what’s been achieved?

Recycled Organics (Compost) in Vegetable Production

March 2019
Recycled Organics (Compost) in Vegetable Production

Recycled organics (compost) is a commercially viable source of composted organic matter that does not contain animal manures, and is now being used successfully on vegetable farms in NSW.

Rob Niccol from Australian Native Landscapes and Dr Kelvin Montagu from AHR discuss the value proposition of recycled organics and explain how the compost can be successfully integrated into vegetable farming in Australia.

This project is supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority as part of Waste Less, Recycle More, funded from the waste levy.

Managing Redback Spiders In Broccoli (webinar recording)

February 2019
Managing Redback Spiders In Broccoli (webinar recording)

Redback spiders love a hot, dry summer….

From April to June is ‘redback season', where consumer complaints about redback spiders in broccoli are most likely to surface on social media near you.

Where do they come from? Why are they here? And, most importantly, What can I do about it? These questions and more will be answered by an AHR Webinar featuring Dr Jenny Ekman.

Soil Borne Disease Series: Summer Root Rot

September 2018
Soil Borne Disease Series: Summer Root Rot

A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of summer root rot.

Soil Borne Disease Series: Club Root

September 2018
Soil Borne Disease Series: Club Root

A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of club root.

Soil Borne Disease Series: Bottom Rot

September 2018
Soil Borne Disease Series: Bottom Rot

A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of bottom rot.

Soil Borne Disease Series: Black Rot

September 2018
Soil Borne Disease Series: Black Rot

A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of black rot.

Soil Borne Disease Series: Big Vein

September 2018
Soil Borne Disease Series: Big Vein

A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of big vein.

Soil Borne Disease Series: Basel Plate Rot

September 2018
Soil Borne Disease Series: Basel Plate Rot

A short video presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of basel plate rot.

Managing fusarium diseases in vegetable crops

August 2018
Managing fusarium diseases in vegetable crops

Fusarium is a genus of common soilborne fungi. Most live as saprophytes on decaying plant matter while a few are also important plant pathogens.

While there are many different pathogenic Fusarium species, some of the most damaging diseases are caused by strains of one species complex, Fusarium oxysporum. They cause vascular wilt diseases by entering the roots and colonising the water-conducting tissue (xylem). This causes older leaves to yellow and plants eventually wilt and die.

For more information read this practical fact sheet on fusarium wilt diseases, factors that favour fusarium diseases, and management strategies.

Clubroot management in brassica vegetables

August 2018
Clubroot management in brassica vegetables

Clubroot is one of the most potentially devastating soil borne diseases affecting brassica vegetables (e.g. cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts) in Australia. Once plants are infected there are no effective control measures.

Read this fact sheet to find out more about identifying clubroot, clubroot management strategies including integrated approaches, as well as evaluating clubroot risk.

The role of soil DNA testing in managing the risk of soilborne diseases – how is it being used and what can it do? (webinar recording)

August 2018
The role of soil DNA testing in managing the risk of soilborne diseases – how is it being used and what can it do? (webinar recording)

Soilborne diseases pose a significant threat to vegetable crop health and losses. Disease pressure and prevalence is influenced by a number of factors including block selection, crop rotation, varieties, nutrition, irrigation and fumigation.

Watch this informative and practical session to get the latest updates from Dr Michael Rettke, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and Dr Doris Blaesing, RMCG.

Sclerotinia rot of green beans

July 2018
Sclerotinia rot of green beans

Sclerotinia rot, also known as white mould, is one of the major diseases of green beans in Australia. Sclerotinia rot can cause significant yield losses during the cropping season as well as post-harvest damage.

Read this fact sheet to discover more about identyfing slerotinia, management options, important irrigation timings and further reading.

The effect of custom made composts on the performance of a carrot crop and soil health

May 2018
The effect of custom made composts on the performance of a carrot crop and soil health

Demonstration site report prepared for VG15010 A Multi-faceted approach to soilborne disease management by Francis Tedesco, Center West Exports, Justin Wolfgang, C-Wise, Doris Blaesing, RMCG

A large-scale compost trial was conducted with Center West Export (CWE) and C-Wise in the Gingin area of Western Australia (WA).

This report presents the methodology, key findings and recommendations from the trial, including an in-depth desktop review of the main Pythium species affecting carrots in Australia identified as P. sulcatum (in most cases) and P. violae (in some cases).

Disease Management Features at International Spinach Conference, Spain

May 2018
Disease Management Features at International Spinach Conference, Spain

Article by Len Tesoriero

A group of Australian growers and industry representatives recently attended the 4th biennial international spinach conference in Mercia, Spain. Among the wide range of topics presented they heard about research on key diseases with a strong emphasis on those affecting crops across Europe and North America. Some of these diseases pose a significant biosecurity risk to Australian producers while others are already affecting local crops.

Australia Visits the International Spinach Conference, Spain

May 2018
Australia Visits the International Spinach Conference, Spain

Article by Stuart Grigg and Carl Young

February 14 and 15 2018 saw the International Spinach Conference converge on the Northern Hemisphere’s winter vegetable growing hub of Murcia, Spain. A contingent of 14 spinach enthusiasts from Australia comprising growers and industry representatives attended the conference and associated production tour facilitated by EGVID Pty Ltd. The largest spinach stakeholders globally attended the International Spinach Conference which has previously been held in the US, Europe and China to discuss the latest trends and issues the industry faces.

Spray technology for vegetable growers: a guide to getting it right (webinar recording)

May 2018
Spray technology for vegetable growers: a guide to getting it right (webinar recording)

Chemicals play an important role in vegetable production and are regularly used to control insect pests, diseases and weeds.

Watch this informative and interactive one-hour webinar to get the latest updates from vegetable industry experts in Australia.

Damping off in spinach; Best bet fungicide and biologicals - trial 2016-2017

May 2018
Damping off in spinach; Best bet fungicide and biologicals - trial 2016-2017

Short report by Len Tesoriero and Donna Lucas

A preliminary field trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of chemical and biological control treatments for damping off pathogens in spinach. We demonstrated that three fungicide treatments significantly reduced the area of diseased plants within beds, however, they did not significantly increase overall spinach yield compared to untreated controls. This is most likely due to other variables affecting plant growth in the trial area.

Biosecurity lessons in planning and response for the vegetable industry (webinar recording)

March 2018
Biosecurity lessons in planning and response for the vegetable industry (webinar recording)

Plant biosecurity is a series of measures that aid in protecting production areas from harmful insects, weeds, and various plant diseases.

Watch this informative and interactive one-hour webinar to get the latest updates from vegetable industry experts in Australia.

Fusarium wilt management in vegetables with Dr Len Tesoriero (webinar recording)

December 2017
Fusarium wilt management in vegetables with Dr Len Tesoriero (webinar recording)

Watch this webinar recording to learn about the latest techniques in managing the soilborne disease Fusarium wilt in vegetable crops including solanaceous, legumes, cucurbits and sweet potatoes and to understand the latest ways of managing this disease to keep your plants in production for longer and improve yield and pack out rates.

Nematodes in vegetable soils - managing the bad and good ones with Dr Sarah Collins (webinar recording)

October 2017
Nematodes in vegetable soils - managing the bad and good ones with Dr Sarah Collins (webinar recording)

This webinar with Nematode specialist Dr Sarah Collins from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA focused on the pest nematode, outlining the life cycles of the root-knot and root-lesion nematodes and how this can be used to target control measures.

The webinar also covered beneficial free living nematodes and how these can be managed and used as soil health indicators.

Soil Wealth and Crop Health: Vital Components to Potato and Vegetable Crops

August 2017
Soil Wealth and Crop Health: Vital Components to Potato and Vegetable Crops

Members of the Soil Wealth and ICP team were recently interviewed for the Potatoes Australia magazine. The key message? Many of the soil health and plant protection practices relevant to vegetables, also apply to potatoes.

Click through to read the article.

Damping off in spinach

July 2017
Damping off in spinach

Issues with damping off in spinach? This useful fact sheet provides an overview of the symptoms and conditions that favour different pathogens causing damping off such as Pythium spp, Phytophthora spp, Fusarium spp and Rhizoctonia spp. Knowing the causal pathogen can aid selection of effective management and control strategies.

There's also handy information on how the fungi spread, susceptibility and severity, diagnosis, and how to manage damping off, including practices to keep in your 'toolbox'.

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

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

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

MyAgCHEMuse: Best practice reference guide for spray drift management

February 2017
MyAgCHEMuse: Best practice reference guide for spray drift management

Modern crop protection chemistry such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, is crucial to farming in Australia and around the world. These essential products and tools are a core foundation to food production and their safe and sustainable use is of critical importance.

Find out more by reading this useful best practice guide developed by CropLife Australia.

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

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

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.

Carrot diseases and other factors affecting carrot packout

December 2016
Carrot diseases and other factors affecting carrot packout

Read this great summary of carrot disorders to better understand what may be affecting your carrot packout. This includes corky brown rot, cavity spot, sclerotinia rot and violet root.

This poster was prepared by By Dr. Hoong Pung & Pam Cox, Serve-Ag Research in Tasmania.

Management of blindness in lettuce seedlings

May 2016
Management of blindness in lettuce seedlings

Blindness occurs when the main apical shoot or growing tip of the lettuce is lost during the seedling’s early growth. It is also sometimes called multiple heading or apical meristem decline.

This fact sheet covers key information, such as:
- How much of a problem is this disorder?
- What does a blind lettuce look like?
- What causes blindness?
- How to control blindness.

How to control Pythium in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero

April 2016
How to control Pythium in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero

How to control Pythium in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero. Video of a Webinar run on the 31st March 2016 with DR Len Tesoriero (NSW DPI) and Dr Kelvin Montagu from AHR.

How to control Pythium in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero (webinar recording)

March 2016
How to control Pythium in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero (webinar recording)

Vegetable pathologist, Dr Len Tesoriero and AHRs Dr Kelvin Montagu, recently presented a highly successful webinar on how to manage the soil borne disease Pythium in vegetable crops.

The webinar was recorded, and is now available as a YouTube video. You can click on the link below to watch the full Webinar. You can also download the presentation and follow the link to an ICP factsheet on how to manage soil borne disease in vegetable crops.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Soil diseases in vegetables under attack in new project

February 2016
Soil diseases in vegetables under attack in new project

Soil-borne diseases are a major threat to vegetable production and now a new project is tackling the problem.

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

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

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.

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

February 2016
How can I control pests? Options for controlling high priority pests in brassica leafy vegetables

This easy to read fact sheet provides information on control options (both chemical and non-chemical) for high priority pests in brassica leafy vegetable crops. This fact sheet is the first 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.

Management of Lettuce Anthracnose

February 2016
Management of Lettuce Anthracnose

Anthracnose is a foliage disease of lettuce that causes significant crop losses in iceberg, cos and babyleaf lettuce. It is an intermittent disease in Australia, driven mainly by extended periods of wet weather, particularly in mild-cool wet periods, during which crop losses can be severe. This fact sheet outlines control options available to Australian lettuce growers to control anthracnose.

Grafting Snake Beans to Control Fusarium Wilt

February 2016
Grafting Snake Beans to Control Fusarium Wilt

This Agnote developed by the Northern Territory Government describes the technique of grafting snake beans to control Fusarium wilt.

Soilborne Disease Master Class for the Vegetable Industry - Experiences from leading growers

January 2016
Soilborne Disease Master Class for the Vegetable Industry - Experiences from leading growers

Vegetable growers and advisors discuss how attending a master class has changed the way they manage soilborne diseases and influenced their business.

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

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

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

White Blister

December 2015
White Blister

This vegenote provides useful information on how to identify white blister and options for managing the disease.

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

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

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.

Biofumigation

August 2015
Biofumigation

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.

Guide to common diseases and disorders of bunching vegetables in Australia

June 2015
Guide to common diseases and disorders of bunching vegetables in Australia

The guide to common diseases & disorders of bunching vegetables (2003, 58 pages) was produced by the R&D levy funded project VG010045. The diseases and disorders listed in this book often occur on bunching vegetables in Australia and several can occur on plants at the same time.

Guide to Common Diseases and Disorders of Parsley

June 2015
Guide to Common Diseases and Disorders of Parsley

This "Guide to Common Diseases of Parsley" (2006, 46 pages), describes 18 parsley diseases and disorders common across Australia. Symptoms are clearly shown in over 30 colour photos and practical control measures are suggested.

Authors
Elizabeth Minchinton, Len Tesoriero, Desmond Auer, Heidi Martin

Many carrot and celery diseases and disorders also affect parsley and several can occur on plants at the same time. This guide was produced by the R&D levy funded project VG04025.

Identifying Key Pests and Diseases of Asian Vegetables

June 2015
Identifying Key Pests and Diseases of Asian Vegetables

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

Powdery mildew - a new disease of carrots

June 2015
Powdery mildew - a new disease of carrots

Powdery mildew has been found on a carrot crops in three states of Australia. The first finding of the disease was in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) of New South Wales in 2007. It has subsequently been found in Tasmania and South Australia in 2008. While the organism causing the disease is commonly found in parsnip crops, powdery mildew has not previously been recorded on carrots in Australia.

Management of Carrot Diseases

June 2015
Management of Carrot Diseases

Four page fact sheet on managing diseases of carrots.

Managing Sclerotinia Diseases in Vegetables

May 2015
Managing Sclerotinia Diseases in Vegetables

New management strategies for lettuce drop and white mould of beans.

Thrips and tospovirus: a management guide

May 2015
Thrips and tospovirus: a management guide

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

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

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)

May 2015
Lettuce Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

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

Spray Application Basics

May 2015
Spray Application Basics

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

May 2015
Mega Pests: The Basics of Protecting Your Crops

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

May 2015
Mega Pests: Managing Sucking Pests

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 Foliar Diseases

May 2015
Mega Pests: Managing Foliar Diseases

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

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

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

Managing Downy and Powdery Mildew, Anthracnose and White Blister - Efficacy and economic benefit of control options

May 2015
Managing Downy and Powdery Mildew, Anthracnose and White Blister - Efficacy and economic benefit of control options

The key messages of this fact sheet are:
- Plant resistant varieties.
- Irrigate crops in the morning to reduce leaf wetness and infection.
- Manage nutrients as they impact on disease.
- Use disease forecasting models when cropping susceptible varieties.

Brassica Best Practice Integrated Pest Management

May 2015
Brassica Best Practice Integrated Pest Management

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.

Best Practice for Vegetables - Sclerotinia in Lettuce

May 2015
Best Practice for Vegetables - Sclerotinia in Lettuce

This document incorporates information essential for the economic and sustainable control of sclerotinia in lettuce.

Best Practice for Vegetables - Sclerotinia in green beans

May 2015
Best Practice for Vegetables - Sclerotinia in green beans

The following document incorporates information essential for economic and sustainable control of sclerotinia in green beans.

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

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

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

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

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.

Diseases of Vegetable Crops in Australia

April 2015
Diseases of Vegetable Crops in Australia

This book provides a diagnostic guide and a key reference for diseases affecting vegetable crops in Australia.