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Internal rot of capsicum

September 2020
Internal rot of capsicum

Project VG17012 is focused on identifying the organism(s) that cause internal rot. Management techniques will be developed to prevent infection as well as minimise the risk of sending unacceptable fruit to market.

In this webinar, Dr Jenny Ekman and Dr Len Tesoriero will discuss the project results so far. These include identification of the different fungi cultured from infected fruit, how they vary between growing regions and factors that potentially increase the likelihood of infection.

Summary of Resources: Handy hints and where to find useful information (Phase 2)

August 2020
Summary of Resources: Handy hints and where to find useful information (Phase 2)

This guide summarises and provides easy access to useful resources developed by the Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection project from December 2017 to July 2020.

Managing the risks of powdery scab in potatoes

August 2020
Managing the risks of powdery scab in potatoes

A new guide is available on the management of powdery scab in potatoes, highlighting key factors that affect the risks of this disease and opportunities for effective disease management.

Bulletin August 2020

August 2020
Bulletin August 2020

In this edition: Vegetable Crop Nutrition Masterclass an online success, demonstration site news from Sydney Basin and Cowra, NSW, and new resources on pink rot in potatoes.

Bulletin July 2020

July 2020
Bulletin July 2020

In this edition: Get effective R&D support in a remote setting, demonstration site news from Victoria and Bathurst, NSW, and new resources on managing salinity in potato and vegetable production.

Biosecurity resources for Australian potato growers and industry members

June 2020
Biosecurity resources for Australian potato growers and industry members

The Australian potato industry is committed to building its capacity to respond to potential biosecurity threats. In addition to dedicated farm biosecurity officers and advisers, a range of farm biosecurity planning resources are available for growers, advisers and industry members to access. These resources are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect industry needs.

Cover crops and soil biology in vegetable soils

June 2020
Cover crops and soil biology in vegetable soils

Join Dr Kelvin Montagu (AHR) and Dr Shane Powell (University of Tasmania) for a webinar on the impacts of cover crops on soil biology where we consider the questions:
• How diverse are biological communities in vegetable soils?
• Do we see differences between sites (Tasmania to Queensland)?
• Do cover crops impact on the microbial communities?
• How do soil properties and management impact on the microbial community?
• What impact do biofumigants have on the soil microbial community?

Soilborne disease management in onions

May 2020
Soilborne disease management in onions

Watch the Onion Project's interactive and informative webinar with disease specialist, Dr Len Tesoriero.

New tools to manage irrigation in potatoes

May 2020
New tools to manage irrigation in potatoes

Practical use of IrriSAT satellite imaging, weather data, and soil moisture sensors.

Irrigation decision making is one of the most significant factors affecting potato yield and quality. Join Dr. Kelvin Montagu and Marc Hinderager from the Soil Wealth / ICP project team discuss the new approaches to managing potato irrigation.

Learn about using the IrriSAT technology which combines evapotranspiration (ETo) and satellite imaging, and how to link this with data from direct soil moisture sensors, to help you schedule irrigation.

Marc and Kelvin discuss a recent case study conducted near Cowra, NSW to illustrate how the methods can work for potatoes.

Soil Wealth ICP broadcasts live from EGVID 2020

May 2020
Soil Wealth ICP broadcasts live from EGVID 2020

The Soil Wealth ICP team was pleased to support the 2020 East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days (EGVID), which were held from 5-7 May in Lindenow.

Spanning over two hectares, the EGVID demonstration site offered countless rows of more than 20 vegetable crop types and around 2000 different varieties in total, ranging from lettuce and baby leaf varieties to broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and more – all growing strongly (thanks to some recent rainfall) and ready for data capture and dissemination.

During the week, the Soil Wealth ICP team organised live streams of the agri-chemical and seed trials at the site alongside event organisers and agronomists Stuart Grigg and Noel Jansz.

Potato soft rot podcast (9 min listen)

May 2020
Potato soft rot podcast (9 min listen)

Management of rots, both in the field and post-harvest, is an ongoing challenge for potato producers. Agronomists Marc Hinderager and Dr Pieter Van Nieuwenhuyse discuss a trial that was set up to explore the effect of sanitisers and/or drying on the development of post-harvest bacterial soft rot in potatoes (9 min listen).

Brown etch on butternut pumpkins - Beauty is more than skin deep

April 2020
Brown etch on butternut pumpkins - Beauty is more than skin deep

Researchers at Applied Horticultural Research (AHR) have been investigating the causes of brown etch on butternut pumpkins. Dr Jenny Ekman and Dr Len Tesoriero will explain how you can predict when brown etch is likely to occur in a crop, and what you can do to control it. They also discuss the new fact sheet that is a must have guide for all pumpkin growers.

Pink rot fact sheet

April 2020
Pink rot fact sheet

Pink rot of potato is an important soil-borne storage disease of potatoes worldwide. It is caused by the fungus Phytophthora erythroseptica and sometimes by P. cryptogea. Pink rot infection is often associated with secondary infection by anaerobic soft rot bacteria.

This fact sheet outlines the symptoms, hosts, risk factors and disease cycle of pink rot, as well as potential management options.

Viruses infecting Brassicas

March 2020
Viruses infecting Brassicas

This fact sheet provides an overview, identification, symptoms and economic impact of key viruses infecting Brassicas, including Turnip mosaic virus, Turnip yellows virus, Cauliflower mosaic virus.

Produced by the Hort Innovation project team VG16086 – Area wide management of vegetable diseases: virus and bacteria.

Virus diseases of cucurbits in Australia

February 2020
 Virus diseases of cucurbits in Australia

Cucurbits are susceptible to over 50 viruses, a significant number of which cause considerable economic losses in one or more countries.

In this booklet the symptoms, spread and control measures for viruses affecting cucurbits are outlined. The symptoms of many virus diseases are similar and more than one virus may be present in a plant or crop. Virus disease symptoms can also be similar to those caused by nutritional disorders, herbicide damage, insect feeding and environmental influences.

Evaluation of postharvest treatments for the control of bacterial soft rot in potatoes - Research Report

February 2020
Evaluation of postharvest treatments for the control of bacterial soft rot in potatoes - Research Report

Management of rots, both in the field and postharvest, is an ongoing challenge for potato producers. The issue is usually managed by minimising the time interval between harvesting and processing of potatoes.

This trial was set up to explore the effect of sanitisers and/or drying on the development of rots in potatoes transported for 24 hours at high temperature and high humidity.

Read this research report to find out more about the trial set up and treatments, storage, assessment and key results.

Internal rot of capsicums/chillies - Call for samples

January 2020
Internal rot of capsicums/chillies - Call for samples

In order to determine the causal agent(s) of capsicum/chilli fruit rot in Australia and to develop effective control measures, we need affected capsicums and chillies from the Australian capsicum and chilli industry.

Testing for soilborne pathogens - How PREDICTA® can support your crop monitoring and management decisions

December 2019
Testing for soilborne pathogens - How PREDICTA® can support your crop monitoring and management decisions

Soilborne diseases are a major limiting factor for the Australian vegetable industry and are costly and difficult to manage. Previous research has highlighted that practical and economic methods of disease control are limited once a crop has been established. Knowing the disease risk prior to planting allows growers to make informed crop management decisions.

Greenhouse Cucumber Production Manual; 2019 Edition

December 2019
Greenhouse Cucumber Production Manual; 2019 Edition

Greenhouse cucumbers can be one of the most productive of all crops. However, this productivity relies on accurate control of irrigation, plant nutrition and the growing environment, as well as effective management of pests and diseases. Only healthy plants can produce a high quality, marketable and profitable crop.

This manual provides basic guidance on growing greenhouse cucumbers. The focus is on modern, controlled environment production. However, much of the included information is relevant to all cucumber growers and, indeed, greenhouse producers more generally.

Fungicides and Fungicide Resistance

September 2019
Fungicides and Fungicide Resistance

Vegetable crop diseases are often caused by fungi. Examples of foliar diseases caused by fungi include: downy mildew, powdery mildew and white blister. Examples of soilborne fungal diseases include: clubroot and diseases cause by Pythium, Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Sclerotinia and Sclerotium species.

Fungicide resistance occurs when a fungicide or active-ingredient that was once effective, becomes no longer effective. It can occur when reduced rates of fungicides are used or when fungicides are over-used.

Read this fact sheet to find out more about detection and effective management.

Is copper copper? Limitations in the control of foliar bacterial diseases in capsicum, chilli and tomato crops

September 2019
Is copper copper? Limitations in the control of foliar bacterial diseases in capsicum, chilli and tomato crops

Bacterial populations such as Xanthomonas spp. causing bacterial leaf spot in tomato and capsicum and Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato causing bacterial speck in tomato, often develop copper tolerance. This means they can tolerate higher concentrations of copper than sensitive populations. It doesn’t mean the bacteria are resistant and that copper has no effect.

Read this article from the area-wide management team at Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to find out more about how copper protects plants from bacterial infections, the types of copper products, suggested spray program, as well as futuer research directions.

Area-wide management of insect-vectored viral and bacterial diseases - project update

September 2019
Area-wide management of insect-vectored viral and bacterial diseases - project update

Although, historically, area wide management (AWM) has been mostly applied to management of insect pests, it also has potential for controlling plant diseases, particularly those with aerial dispersal mechanisms such as insect- vectored viruses and bacteria. This type of management is contrasted with traditional management, essentially by scale and co-ordination. In AWM control tactics are applied over a broad area, incorporating multiple premises to maintain pest and pathogen populations below economic impact levels.

National vegetable and potato biosecurity program and handy translated resources

August 2019
National vegetable and potato biosecurity program and handy translated resources

Biosecurity planning provides a mechanism for the vegetable industry, government and other relevant stakeholders to actively determine pests of high priority, analyse the risks they pose and implement procedures to reduce the chance of pests becoming established. AUSVEG delivers a number of extension projects with a core biosecurity focus, in addition to project partners like Plant Health Australia.

Potato Industry R&D Updates - Managing Pest and Disease

August 2019
Potato Industry R&D Updates - Managing Pest and Disease

What is the latest research and development (R&D) on pest and diseases in the Australian fresh and processing potato industries? How can it help me on-farm?

Read this booklet to find out more from leading researchers on their project goals, what they're doing, the intended benefits for industry and growers, as well as a snapshot of their expertise and background.

Chilli spacing trial: summary report

July 2019
Chilli spacing trial: summary report

Intensive chilli production systems are susceptible to soilborne diseases, such as Sclerotium rolfsii, especially during the summer months.

This summary reports the results from a 2017 field trial that aimed to examine if reducing plant density can reduce soilborne disease incidence and/or improve marketable yields in chilli crops. Spacing can have a substantial effect on relative disease pressure, yield and gross margin.

Farm biosecurity

July 2019
Farm biosecurity

Farm biosecurity is an intergral part of crop protection and plant health. Learn more about this set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests and diseases.

Damping off in spinach: Best bet fungicide and biologicals Trial 2016/2017

June 2019
Damping off in spinach: Best bet fungicide and biologicals Trial 2016/2017

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, however, they did not significantly increase spinach yield compared to untreated controls. This is most likely due to other variables affecting plant growth in the trial area.

This report presents findings from a grower led, on-farm demonstration trial. Grower led pilot trials provide preliminary feasibility assessments of new practices. They can lead to on-farm adaptation of practices and/or replicated research trials to rigorously test assumptions made because of initial findings.

Learn the ins and outs of protected cropping systems

June 2019
Learn the ins and outs of protected cropping systems

The series, produced by Greater Sydney Local Land Services, Applied Horticultural Research and VegNET NSW helps growers explore how to implement protected cropping on their growing operations.

Clubroot: a Galling Disease

April 2019
Clubroot: a Galling Disease

Clubroot is one of the most destructive diseases of brassicas globally. Although it was detected in Australia as early as the 1890s, Plasmodiophora brassicae, the pathogen that produces clubroot, caused widespread loss during the 1980s and 1990s due to increasing brassica production and use of transplants.

Read this fact sheet to find out more about why clubroot is a problem, what to do about it, costs, as well as future directions for research.

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

February 2019
Managing Redback Spiders In Broccoli

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?

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?

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

May 2018
Spray technology for vegetable growers: a guide to getting it right

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

March 2018
Biosecurity lessons in planning and response for the vegetable industry

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

December 2017
Fusarium wilt management in vegetables with Dr Len Tesoriero

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.

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.

Nematodes in vegetable soils - managing the bad and good ones with Dr Sarah Collins

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

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'.

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?

Nutrition management and plant disease with Dr Len Tesoriero

February 2017
Nutrition management and plant disease with Dr Len Tesoriero

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

January 2017
Biofumigation cover crops in vegetable production with Julie Finnigan

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

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

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.