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

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

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.

VG15010 A multi-faceted approach to soil-borne disease management

VG15010 A multi-faceted approach to soil-borne disease management
7 Dec 2016

VG15010 provides Australian vegetable growers with the tools and solutions they need to manage the risk of crop losses due to soilborne diseases in the major vegetable growing regions across Australia. The project, which runs from 2015 to 2018, delivers outputs to the industry using the Soil Wealth (VG13076) and Integrated Crop Protection (ICP, VG13078) pathways.

This project has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the vegetable industry research and development levy and funds from the Australian Government

Farm trial design: what to consider

Farm trial design: what to consider
17 Sep 2018

Trialling different management practices, technologies or varieties on-farm is a great way to 'road test' the change before implementing at a larger scale.

Read this fact sheet for further guidance on planning, choosing sites and data collection for designing your on-farm trial. There's also a handy trial protocol checklist provided to make sure you're covering the right information.

Soil Borne Disease Series: Summer Root Rot

Soil Borne Disease Series: Summer Root Rot
10 Sep 2018

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

Soil Borne Disease Series: Club Root

Soil Borne Disease Series: Club Root
9 Sep 2018

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

Soil Borne Disease Series: Bottom Rot

Soil Borne Disease Series: Bottom Rot
8 Sep 2018

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

Soil Borne Disease Series: Black Rot

Soil Borne Disease Series: Black Rot
7 Sep 2018

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

Soil Borne Disease Series: Big Vein

Soil Borne Disease Series: Big Vein
6 Sep 2018

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

Soil Borne Disease Series: Basel Plate Rot

Soil Borne Disease Series: Basel Plate Rot
5 Sep 2018

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

Managing fusarium diseases in vegetable crops

Managing fusarium diseases in vegetable crops
30 Aug 2018

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

Clubroot management in brassica vegetables
29 Aug 2018

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)

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)
2 Aug 2018

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

Sclerotinia rot of green beans
9 Jul 2018

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

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

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

Disease Management Features at International Spinach Conference, Spain
28 May 2018

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

Australia Visits the International Spinach Conference, Spain
28 May 2018

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Investigating cavity spot and forking in carrots

Investigating cavity spot and forking in carrots
25 Oct 2017

In this article in Vegetables Australia, researchers Dr Doris Blaesing and Dr Len Tesoriero discuss the Pythium
species that cause cavity spot and forking in carrots. This is one of several soil borne diseases under the
microscope in a vegetable levy-funded project that aims to assist growers in the management of these diseases.

This article appeared in Vegetable Australia, May/June pp16-17.

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

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

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

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

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.

Cover crops farm walk @Richmond NSW - shed presentation slides

25 Jul 2017

The farm walk on cover crops by Kelvin Montagu was streamed by Good Fruit and Vegetables and can be viewied here.

Damping off in spinach

Damping off in spinach
24 Jul 2017

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 borne disease management in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero

Soil borne disease management in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero
24 Jul 2017

Soil borne diseases are a serious concern for the vegetable industry, but can be managed, according to NSW Department of Primary Industries Senior Plant Pathologist, Dr Len Tesoriero. Dr Tesoriero has given a number of interesting and practical presentations at recent industry events on managing soil borne diseases in vegetable crops.

Soil Wealth and ICP Achievements Phase 1

Soil Wealth and ICP Achievements Phase 1
31 May 2017

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.

Over the past 3-years, 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?

Pythium in carrots: Cavity spot and forking in carrots

Pythium in carrots: Cavity spot and forking in carrots
8 May 2017

Two Pythium species are mostly responsible for forking and cavity spot of carrots in Australia. In most cases, P. sulcatum cause the symptoms.

While some general rules apply, especially the need for managing soil moisture, pH, soil calcium and crop maturity; carrot producers should find their own optimum combination of additional management strategies that fit their production systems and growing conditions.

Read this useful fact sheet to find out more about what causes cavity spot and forking in carrots, as well factors affecting cavity spot development and management approaches.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carrot diseases and other factors affecting carrot packout

Carrot diseases and other factors affecting carrot packout
2 Dec 2016

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.

How to manage sclerotinia in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero

How to manage sclerotinia in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero
1 Nov 2016

A webinar on sclerotinia management presented by Dr Len Tesoriero.

This project has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the vegetable levy and funds from the Australian Government

Summer cover crops

Summer cover crops
1 Sep 2016

Match your main soil management aim to the southern Australian summer cover crops.

Soils in Schools initiative by Soil Science Australia

Soils in Schools initiative by Soil Science Australia
21 Jul 2016

The Soils in Schools program started in 2015, the UN declared International Year of Soils. It is an initiative of Soil Science Australia.

This programs vision is to communicate and educate school children on the relevance of soils in everyday life and to encourage a wider interest in our soil resources.

Kalfresh Farm Walk and demonstration site update: June 2016

Kalfresh Farm Walk and demonstration site update: June 2016
7 Jul 2016

The Soil Wealth and ICP projects have managed a demonstration site at Kalfresh since early 2015.

The results from the demonstration site confirm that by following four principles in managing vegetable cropping soils, both soil condition and financial returns can be maximised. It’s a true win:win situation.

Winter cover crops

Winter cover crops
1 Jul 2016

Match your main soil management aim to the southern Australian winter cover crops.

How to control Pythium in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero

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

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)

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

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.

Biofumigation crop management for maximum impact

Biofumigation crop management for maximum impact
2 Mar 2016

Dale Gies outlines the importance of correct establishment and water and nutrient requirements of biofumigant crops.

Soil diseases in vegetables under attack in new project

Soil diseases in vegetables under attack in new project
8 Feb 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Development of biofumigant cover crops and their potential benefits

Development of biofumigant cover crops and their potential benefits
15 Dec 2015

Part 2 of 5 of a Green Crops and Biofumigation seminar presented by Dale Gies from High Performance Seeds Inc, Washington, USA. Seminar hosted by Serve-Ag Tasmania, February 2015 and broadcast by Soil Wealth.

Introduction to green crops and biofumigation

Introduction to green crops and biofumigation
30 Nov 2015

Part 1 of 5 of a Green Crops and Biofumigation seminar presented by Dale Gies from High Performance Seeds Inc, Washington, USA. Seminar hosted by Serve-Ag Tasmania, February 2015 and broadcast by Soil Wealth.

Internal rot in capsicum: Causes and control

Internal rot in capsicum: Causes and control
27 Oct 2015

Internal rot in capsicum is an infection on the seeds, placenta or internal wall(s) of capsicum red fruit. Normally, symptoms are only seen once the fruit is cut open. The external appearance of the fruit is completely normal.

The disease leads to downgrades and rejections of fruit on the market, and affected fruit often progress right through the supply chain, to consumers.

The purpose of this factsheet is to bring together the most up to date information on the cause(s), control and prevention of internal rot in capsicums.

Sustainable Management of Soil-borne Plant Diseases

Sustainable Management of Soil-borne Plant Diseases
6 Oct 2015

This publication from ATTRA (National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service) in the United States provides information on improving disease suppression within soil.

Biofumigation

Biofumigation
18 Aug 2015

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

Guide to common diseases and disorders of bunching vegetables in Australia

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

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

Guide to Common Diseases and Disorders of Parsley
22 Jun 2015

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

Identifying Key Pests and Diseases of Asian Vegetables
22 Jun 2015

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

Alternatives to Metham Sodium

Alternatives to Metham Sodium
22 Jun 2015

Sole reliance on fumigants like Metham Sodium often changes soil conditions and reduces inherent disease suppressive soil properties, reinforcing continued reliance on fumigation to deal with soilborne diseases, pests and weeds.

Spray Application Basics

Spray Application Basics
21 May 2015

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

Mega Pests: The Basics of Protecting Your Crops

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

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

Mega Pests: Managing Soilborne Diseases

Mega Pests: Managing Soilborne Diseases
21 May 2015

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

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

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

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

Brassica Best Practice Integrated Pest Management

Brassica Best Practice Integrated Pest Management
11 May 2015

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

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

Best Practice for Vegetables - Sclerotinia in Lettuce

Best Practice for Vegetables - Sclerotinia in Lettuce
11 May 2015

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

Best Practice for Vegetables - Sclerotinia in green beans

Best Practice for Vegetables - Sclerotinia in green beans
11 May 2015

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

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

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

Diseases of Vegetable Crops in Australia

Diseases of Vegetable Crops in Australia
27 Apr 2015

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