Insect, nematode and mite management and crop protection
The new Soil Wealth ICP demonstration site at Virginia in the Northern Adelaide Plains is off and running with native insectary sites planted on 19 October.
In this edition: Online hub has all you need to tackle fall armyworm; upcoming events and webinars; veg and melon demo site news from SA and Vic; catch up on the Soil Wealth ICP grower panel discussion at AVIS; manage sucking pests with our Mega Pest fact sheet; and 5 tips for working with cover crops video.
Two new demonstration sites are being set up in Virginia, South Australia, with a focus on using integrated pest management (IPM) in protected cropping and open field sites to help control problematic pests.
Want to regain control over chemical-resistant pests? Aiming to reduce costs while meeting quality assurance requirements? The Soil Wealth ICP extension team has updated a fact sheet to help growers manage Mega Pests.
In this edition: Steph to search for a nitrogen fix in veg production, upcoming events and webinars, demonstration site news from Tas and Vic, navigating pest management options and the basics of spray application.
In this edition: Event wrap-ups on the Soil Biology Masterclass and Chinese grower's field day, seasonal climate outlook for August to October 2023, upcoming events and webinars, new demonstration sites confirmed for Victoria and new resources including veg field ID guides, on-farm waste resources and managing carbon on vegetable farms.
The Soil Wealth ICP team joined Greater Sydney Local Land Services (LLS) at a field day at Richmond Lowlands, NSW in June with a focus on farm practices that can help or hinder soil health and integrated pest management (IPM). The event, held in conjunction with the Chinese Grower Group's Annual General Meeting, brought together 50 enthusiastic participants. Read more in our article.
Hort Connections 2023 special edition: Soil Wealth ICP panel session at the Annual Vegetable Industry Seminar (AVIS), weed management technology set to be showcased in Queensland, rapid spread of DBM insecticide resistance, Trade Show highlights, Soil Wealth ICP collaborators celebrated at the Horticulture Awards for Excellence and upcoming events.
In this edition: Veg and melon growers to benefit from Soil Wealth ICP Phase 2, Soil Biology Masterclass registrations, Vic veg innovation days showcases Soil Wealth ICP cover crop trial, Bathurst growers prepare for winter cover crops, upcoming events and webinars, demonstration site news from VIC and new resources from VicVID 2023, Biological Products Database updates, and plant sampling for nutrient analysis webinar recording.
Soil Wealth ICP team member Carl Larsen was on-site at the Victorian Vegetable Innovation Days (VicVID) on 28 April 2023 to deliver two Facebook livestreams of the agrichemical and seed field trial results alongside event organisers and agronomists Stuart Grigg and Connor Steel.
RMCG and AHR have delivered the Soil Wealth ICP project to the Australian vegetable industry on behalf of Hort Innovation. Phase 2 of the project (2017-2022) has now been completed.
Watch this video to find out the highlights from Phase 2 including grower engagement, training and events, demonstration sites, communication products and resources, and progress towards industry outcomes.
In this edition: Tips to correctly identify veg insects, guidance on handling fresh produce exposed to floodwaters, upcoming events and webinars, demonstration site news from WA, resources on reduced till and strip-till for vegetable and potato growers and meet the Soil Wealth ICP team.
This guide summarises and provides easy access to useful resources developed by the Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection project from December 2017 to February 2023.
In this episode of InfoVeg TV, produced by AUSVEG, project leads Carl Larsen from RMCG and Gordon Rogers from Applied Horticultural Research provide an overview of Soil Wealth ICP Phase 2 and what it aims to achieve for the Australian vegetable industry.
In this InfoVeg Radio podcast, produced by AUSVEG, project leads Carl Larsen from RMCG and Gordon Rogers from Applied Horticultural Research provide an overview of Soil Wealth ICP Phase 2 and what it aims to achieve for the Australian vegetable industry.
In recent years in warmer areas of Australia where brassicas are grown, diamondback moth (DBM) has developed resistance to most available insecticides including the Group 28 insecticides. Resistance to the Group 28 insecticides has now been observed in southern states, including Victoria and Tasmania.
Dr Paul Horne from IPM Technologies explains what growers can expect for control of diamondback moth using integrated pest management (IPM).
In this edition: Share your thoughts on Soil Wealth ICP Phase 2, upcoming events and webinars, WA and SA field walk wrap-ups, resources on area wide management of lettuce viruses and irrigation management and meet the Soil Wealth ICP team.
Last month, growers and industry members gathered at our demonstration site in Virginia, South Australia, for a workshop on integrated pest management (IPM).
The workshop was held as part of a field day in collaboration with Protected Cropping Australia. After visiting two nursery operations to see high-tech grafted tomato transplant production in action, around 30 growers and agronomists visited our demonstration site hosted by Braham Produce.
In this edition: Maximising integrated pest management (IPM) practices in protected cropping, taking a whole systems approach to growing veg, high priority pests update, upcoming events and webinars, persistence and attention to detail pay off in IPM approach at Braham Produce, resources on IPM and area wide management of capsicum viruses and meet the Soil Wealth ICP team.
A group of vegetable growers and industry members visited Family Fresh Farms in Peats Ridge, New South Wales, for a Soil Wealth ICP event focusing on how growers can incorporate integrated pest management (IPM) in protected cropping systems.
The field day was an opportunity to discuss the fundamentals of IPM and ways for growers to improve their IPM practices.
Since 2011, Soil Wealth ICP demonstration site growers Andrew and Zurri Braham have used an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to control Western Flower Thrips and other key pests in their glasshouse capsicum crops in Virginia, South Australia. Despite challenges along the way, Andrew and Zurri have persevered with their IPM program and now consistently achieve control of pests using this method.
On 27 June, a group of growers and industry members attended an inaugural field walk at the Soil Wealth ICP demonstration site in the Northern Territory.
Hosted by grower Jeremy Trembath in Katherine, the demonstration site has focused on improving soil health and building soil resilience to weather events, particularly during the wet season, to prevent erosion and to protect soils.
To achieve this, Jeremy has used cover crops and reduced tillage in preparation for his sweet corn cash crop, and has utilised an integrated approach to pest, disease and weed management.
In this edition: Precision agriculture in vegetable production resources, a new approach to release beneficials, an updated snapshot of soil carbon, upcoming events and webinars, Top End field walk showcases soil health improvements and meet the Soil Wealth ICP team.
The slow-release of predatory mites using sachet technology is being trialled in Australia to improve commercial integrated pest management (IPM) practices.
Biological Services, a commercial insectary and beneficial insect provider based in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland, is trialling the sachet packaging with the predator mite Cucumeris. This beneficial is effective in controlling thrips in crops such as cucumber, capsicum and eggplant.
In this edition: Update from Hort Connections 2022, entomology and IPM short courses, upcoming events and webinars, insights from demonstration site growers at the Annual Vegetable Industry Seminar, biological products resources, onion diseases webinar recording and meet the Soil Wealth ICP team.
The Annual Vegetable Industry Seminar, held ahead of Hort Connections 2022 in Brisbane, attracted a room full of growers on Monday 6 June.
Presentations included a grower panel from the Soil Wealth ICP project which discussed the cutting-edge practices and technologies that are key to improving productivity, profitability and sustainability in the Australian vegetable industry.
Soil Wealth ICP team members Dr Gordon Rogers and Carl Larsen facilitated the discussion with growers who currently or previously hosted demonstration sites as part of the project. The growers shared why they became involved in Soil Wealth ICP, the areas of soil management and plant health that their demonstration sites focused on, as well as the challenges they have faced and what’s next for their farms.
In this edition: The link between IPM and soil health, nominate a soil health champion, upcoming events and webinars, demonstration site news from South Australia, IPM grower resources and meet the Soil Wealth ICP team.
Soil Wealth ICP team member Kelvin Montagu looks at the linkage between key soil functions and soil biology, and the interactions between plant roots and soil biology.
Watch how microwave technology is being developed to assist with integrated crop protection.
In this edition: Soil Biology in Vegetable Production webinar recording, demonstration site news from Cowra, NSW, new resources on potential changes to integrated crop protection, pest management resources and meet the Soil Wealth ICP team.
Have you heard about native vegetation insectaries? Want to attract more beneficial insects to your crops to better manage pests?
This webinar explains how you can manage your fields and surrounding landscape for beneficial insects, including the benefits of planting native vegetation.
In this global scan we look at some of the changes affecting the integrated crop protection tools available to vegetable growers by examining what is happening elsewhere, globally and in other sectors.
Integrated crop protection (ICP) takes a holistic approach to plant health. It builds on the principles of integrated pest management (IPM) combined with site-specific soil, nutrition and irrigation management, and decision making based on relevant monitoring data and forecasting.
Watch this webinar recording to hear from international experts and get insights into the European ICP transition.
Catch up on Day 1 of the Australian Potato R&D Forum 2021, which focused on pest management. Speakers and topics included:
• Season update from the regions: What have been the key pest and disease issues?
• Management of soil constraints in the potato industry: Ben Fleay/Greg Hall (Precision Agriculture)
• Tamarixia triozae, a small parasitoid with a big future: How has Tamarixia helped New Zealand manage TPP? Dr Sally Anderson (Market Access Solutionz)
• New smartphone technologies for pathogen detection: Professor Jean Ristaino (North Carolina State University) (GRDC Video)
• iMapPESTS and emerging insect threats for the potato industry: Callum Fletcher and Shakira Johnson (AUSVEG)
• Overview of new crop protection products: Tim Belleville (E.E. Muir & Sons)
• How will new technology and products help us manage pests and soil health? (Panel session)
In this edition: new weed management guides for growers, an update on Australia's agvet regulatory system review, upcoming events and webinars, demo site news from Tassie, a new guide on preventing leaf and stem diseases and more.
AUSVEG Biosecurity Coordinator Callum Fletcher shares important information on pest threats affecting onion producers in Australia as part of the Hort Innovation Onion Communications Project.
Vegetable and potato growers across Australia will be familiar with the name E.E. Muir & Sons, a national distributor of agricultural products for crop protection and nutrition with a strong focus on horticulture and irrigated cropping sectors.
What they may not be familiar with are the discussions and collaboration that happen behind the scenes to provide the best information on agronomy, trials and product development to growers.
Missed our virtual farm walk via Facebook Live in April 2021? Not to worry, you can catch up on the latest updates from our Koo Wee Rup VIC demonstration site here.
Vegetable growers and industry members recently came together in South Australia to hear about pest and disease management.
In this edition: a new weed management guide for wild radish in the vegetable industry, nominate a leader in plant health and soil management at the Hort Connections National Awards for Excellence, farm walks to go virtual in Victoria and resources on reduced tillage.
In this edition: Information on fall armyworm and serpentine leafminer, demonstration site news from NSW and new resources on oxalis, volunteer potatoes and winter cover crops.
See a list of helpful resources for vegetable growers to improve their biosecurity preparedness on-farm, particularly for new pest threats including serpentine leafminer and vegetable leafminer.
There are many factors that contribute to strong environmental stewardship in the vegetable industry, and improving soil management and plant health is an important component of business sustainability. But when it comes to finding evidence of the strengths and gaps of your growing operation, it can be difficult to know where to start.
This article from our Partnership Network member EnviroVeg explains how the program can help growers identify these opportunities and take action to ensure their vegetable growing business is environmentally responsible.
In this edition: The future of integrated weed management technologies, demonstration site news from NSW and Victoria, new resources on healthy soils, blackleg in potato and drone regulations podcast.
iMapPESTS is a national program of research, development and extension designed to put actionable information into the hands of Australia’s primary producers to enhance on-farm pest management decision-making.
As the cost of production continues to rise and water quality becomes an increasing issue for vegetable growers across the country, precision agriculture technologies could play a key role in helping growers make more informed decisions on-farm. In this article, our Partnership Network member Metos explains the unlimited opportunities for the Australian vegetable industry to adopt these technologies.
Being part of a grower group has many benefits. It helps to be on the forefront of new developments in vegetable production and talk to other growers to share successes, challenges and support each other with new ideas.
A group of young growers have joined the Warren Improvement Group in Western Australia to provide a fresh focus on improving vegetable production in the Manjimup region. This case study explains more.
In this edition: Good Soils Guide, seasonal outlook for February to April, demonstration site news from Manjimup, Western Australia and Werribee South, Victoria, and new resources on choosing cover crops, organic soil amendments and spray rig calibration.
An increased awareness of the impact of some long-standing farming practices and community expectations, combined with a greater interest and understanding of alternative systems and products has contributed to the evolution of sustainable vegetable production in Australia.
According to Soil Wealth ICP Partnership Network member and Sustainable Farming Solutions General Manager Steven David, while progress has been made in Australian organic production in particular, there is still room for expansion.
What are the key pests affecting potato production in other countries and what R&D is occurring to better manage them? This scan of international pest and disease research identifies current international research on key potato pests; research previously conducted in Australia on these pests; and useful 'ready to use' resources.
The 2020 class of Agriculture Science Honours students at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture recently presented the findings from their final projects, many of which were relevant to growers in the vegetable industry.
In this edition: New guide to brassica biofumigant cover crops, seasonal outlook for vegetable growing areas, demonstration site findings from Manjimup, Western Australia and Koo Wee Rup, Victoria, and new resources including a poster on the ins and outs of variable rate application.
A series of guides are available to vegetable growers and agronomists to provide a better understanding of the best ways to use pesticides in an Integrated Pest Management Program to maximise the impact of beneficial species.
A new series of ‘Sustainable Success Stories’ from the South Australian vegetable industry showcase how local leaders are engaging with industry-led programs to overcome farm challenges and improve their sustainability. Take a look at the five case studies below.
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.
In this edition: Have your say on agvet chemicals review, demonstration site news from Bathurst, NSW and Tasmania, and new resources on nutrition management support.
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?
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.
This is a recording of a VegNET Tasmania webinar in the autumn of 2020.
Watch this webinar recording to learn from key researchers about the latest findings of several Hort Innovation Vegetable Levy Funded Projects.
Controlling pest species can be complex. Insect pests can be particularly hard to control due to their mobility and their ability to use different plants as hosts. They may also act as vectors for disease.
One approach to control a pest is Area Wide Management (AWM).
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.
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.
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.
Beet cyst nematode (Heterodera schachtii) can cause considerable yield loss to brassicas, beets, rhubarb and spinach. The nematode severely damages root systems, especially during the summer months. Beet cyst nematode also infects many common weeds such as wild turnip, shepherd’s purse, fat- hen and portulaca, where it can survive and infect the next vegetable crop planted.
Read this fact sheet to find out more about control of beet cyst nematode, as well as key symptoms and life cycle.
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.
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.
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.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) refers to the combination of chemical, cultural and biological options for controlling insect pests in Australian vegetable crops.
Watch this informative and interactive one-hour session to get the latest updates from vegetable industry experts, including IPM Technologies, E.E. Muir & Sons and Schreurs & Sons.
Since 2016 there have been numerous customer complaints about redback spiders (Latrodectus hasselti) in broccoli. Complaints have mainly come between January and June, and from customers in all Australian states. This suggests that this is not an issue for a single production area, but can occur anywhere that broccoli is grown.
Redback spiders are clearly unacceptable to consumers, and also pose risks to growers, pickers and packers.
Despite their fearsome reputation, redback spiders are generally timid. They are nocturnal, travel only short distances and need protection from wind, rain and extremes of temperatures. Broccoli crops are not their usual habitat.
This fact sheet summarises what we know about the risk of redback spiders contaminating broccoli.
Area-Wide Management (AWM) is a proven management approach for mobile pests around the world, employing a united strategy to target all pest habitats within a well-defined area or region to reduce the total pest population. These guidelines will help you understand AWM, how to get started implementing it for Queensland fruit fly, and the opportunities to implement Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) once AWM has been successfully implemented.
Videos and Best practice guide
Fruit flies are recognised as one of the world’s most serious pests for horticulture. They can breed rapidly, disperse widely and successfully infest most fruit and fruiting vegetables. The larvae not only destroy infested fruit, but are a major quarantine issue for both domestic and international markets.
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.
Extended surveillance for incursions of the Tomato Potato psyllid in eastern Australia by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia, is coordinating a national surveillance program for the Tomato Potato psyllid (TPP) which was discovered in Western Australia in February 2017.
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.
Spinach crown mites live in the topsoil; they thrive in a cool, moist environment. They feed mainly on partly decomposed organic material and on fungi living off decomposing material. They also feed on young spinach leaves which are close to the soils surface. Leaves become distorted which reduces the marketability of the crop.
The national distribution and identity of the mites in Australian spinach crops has not been confirmed. Effective, product based control methods are currently limited.
Read this fact sheet to find out more about identification, life cycle and available control measures.
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.
The Soil Wealth ICP team sat down with InfoVeg TV to chat about the project and its aim to communicate information about soil management and plant health to Australian vegetable growers to help the industry grow sustainably using healthy soils.
Chemicals have different modes of action that can affect both insect pests and beneficial species differently.
Watch the recording of this interactive session with Dr Siobhan de Little and James Maino from cesar, facilitated by Carl Larsen from RMCG.
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.
Green peach aphids (GPA) are an important pest of vegetables, causing damage by feeding and transmitting viruses. High levels of resistance to carbamates, pyrethroids and organophosphates are found across Australia.
Watch the recording of this interactive session with guest presenter Dr Siobhan de Little from cesar.
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.
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?
A webinar presented by Dr Jenny Ekman on strategies available to growers to manage fruit fly in vegetable crops, including the fruit fly lifecycle, monitoring, use of protein baiting, male annihilation techniques and netting.
A webinar on nutrition management and plant disease presented by Dr Len Tesoriero as part of the Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection projects.
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.
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.
In this webinar Andy Ryland, talks about the ways to manage pests when growing vegetables in greenhouses.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vegetable growers and advisors talk about how implementing integrated crop protection and new soil management practices has changed their business.
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.
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).
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.
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 (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.
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 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.
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
Cucurbits include watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins, squash, bitter melons, gourds, and hairy melons.
This fact sheet contains information on the identification and management of thrips in green beans.
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.
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.
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.
Helpful four page fact sheet on integrating pest management in lettuce.
This website contains a series of documents to guide you through the successful prodution of lettuce.
This helpful fact sheet outlines the key information required to get the best out of your chemical application.
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.
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.
This website contains a series of documents to guide you through the successful prodution of Brassica crops.
This website contains a series of documents to guide you through the successful prodution of sweet corn.
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.
Vegetable grower Peter Schreurs talks about how he controls insect pests using natural predators.
Vegetable grower Paul Gazzola talks about how he controls insect pests using natural predators.
Fresh Select vegetable grower Stuart Grigg talks about how he controls insect pests using natural predators.
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 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.