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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.

Can calcium cyanamide (Ca(CN)2) fertiliser affect Pythium spp. and other soilborne diseases in carrots – findings of an on-farm demonstration

June 2019
Can calcium cyanamide (Ca(CN)2) fertiliser affect Pythium spp. and other soilborne diseases in carrots – findings of an on-farm demonstration

Calcium cyanamide (Ca(CN)2) fertiliser was tested for efficacy against Pythium sulcatum and P. violae in a grower led demonstration trial in a commercial carrot crop in Western Australia. The wax coated fertiliser was applied according to manufacturer’s instructions at 300 kg/ha and 500 kg/ha of fertiliser to one full length carrot bed each. An untreated bed adjacent to each treated bed was used as control. All standard commercial crop management inputs were applied consistently to treated and control beds. This included nitrogen fertilisers.

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.

Soil moisture the real winner in a hot, dry summer at the Cowra demonstration site, NSW

March 2019
Soil moisture the real winner in a hot, dry summer at the Cowra demonstration site, NSW

The Cowra demonstration site in southern NSW is focussed on improving soil health through cover crops and improved tillage.

Read this update to find out more about the soil moisture monitoring results for summer 2019 following a ryecorn cover crop being sown in winter 2018.

24 Hour risk profile for Summer spraying

January 2019
24 Hour risk profile for Summer spraying

When is the best time to spray during summer? What will maximise the effectiveness of the chemical and reduce off-target risk? Nufarm have developed this easy to follow poster to guide when to spray in summer and the key considerations around time of day.

And remember - always follow label instructions.

Make 2019 the year you have a serious look at strip-till

December 2018
Make 2019 the year you have a serious look at strip-till

Looking to reduce establishment costs, improve your soil and save some time? Then have a look at strip-till in 2019.

Read this article to find out more about the benefits of stip-till, improvements to soil health, challenges, and what growers are saying after using stip-till.

Roller crimper designs for cover crop management

December 2018
Roller crimper designs for cover crop management

This presentation by Ted Kornecki at the 2014 International Soil and Water Conference in the USA summarises work undertaken on roller crimper termination of cover crops at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, in Alabama, USA.

Both large scale and small scale roller crimpers are tested on cereal rye and crimson clover.

Am I wasting phosphorus?

October 2018
Am I wasting phosphorus?

Phosphorus is one of the most common elements found in plants, usually ranking 8th after carbon, oxygen, hydrogen (which combined make up around 95% of plant dry matter), nitrogen, potassium, silicon and calcium. Unlike these other 7 elements, phosphorus is almost universally deficient in unfertilised soils in south-eastern parts of Australia.

Read this excellent concise literature review by Glenn Bailey to learn more about how phosphorus behaves in the soil, including fixing reactions, buffer capacity, available phosphorus, soil reserves, plant requirements and leaching.

Managing the risk of redback spiders in broccoli crops

October 2018
Managing the risk of redback spiders in broccoli crops

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.

Fertigation Manual

September 2018
Fertigation Manual

This Fertigation Manual summarises the basic principles and practices of fertigation systems to ensure accurate and efficient crop nutrition, and was developed by Yara.

The manual focuses on the agronomic value of fertigation practice and provides best practice advice. Through adopting the practices outlined in the manual, growers and their advisors will be better placed to achieve optimum yields of high quality crops.

RD&E prioritisation of soilborne diseases affecting Australian vegetable crops

September 2018
RD&E prioritisation of soilborne diseases affecting Australian vegetable crops

Vegetable growers and their advisers have identified soilborne diseases as one of their main challenges. Soilborne diseases cost Australia’s $4 billion vegetable industry an estimated $120 million each year.

This paper outlines the main soilborne diseases affecting major Australian vegetable crops and determine RD&E activities, and was included in the 10th Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium proceedings in 2018.

Adoption of precision systems technology in vegetable production: Highlights January - June 2018

August 2018
Adoption of precision systems technology in vegetable production: Highlights January - June 2018

Read this update from the VG16009 project team being led by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Highlights include findings and next steps from the demonstration sites in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania.

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.

Sclerotinia rot of vegetable crops

July 2018
Sclerotinia rot of vegetable crops

Sclerotinia rot is also known as white mould, cottony rot, drop of lettuce and nesting of beans after harvest.

Sclerotinia rot can also cause significant yield losses during cropping and as a post-harvest disease.

This factsheet outlines the disease life cycle and managment options.

Winter Crane Fly (Trichocera annulata)

July 2018
Winter Crane Fly (Trichocera annulata)

The winter crane fly is part of the large insect family Tipulidae. In Australia, the winter crane fly larvae feed on rotting organic matter and, possibly, on frost-damaged or waterlogged plants.

Read this fact sheet to discover more about the winter crane fly damage, life cycle, management options and further references.

Irrigation Management in Sweet Corn

July 2018
Irrigation Management in Sweet Corn

Sweet corn has a high water requirement. The most sensitive growth stages (3–5) are also when crop water usage is at its highest, increasing by more than 400% over a few weeks. This rapid increase in crop water use can catch growers out and reduce yield and quality.

Read this fact sheet to discover more about practical irrigation tips including crop development, water use and key irrigation decisions, as well as handy tools available to help with irrigation decisions. Guidance on soil moisture monitoring is also provided.

Hort Innovation and The Yield: optimising water use

July 2018
Hort Innovation and The Yield: optimising water use

Hort Innovation supports research in sensing and digital technologies to improve irrigation decision-making for vegetable producers.

Identifying new ways to optimise irrigation is key to the ongoing success and sustainability of irrigated farming in Australia.

The rise of agricultural technology is seeing tailored farming solutions that marry microclimate sensors with data intelligence to provide accurate insight into the crop and soil water balance. By providing real-time information about what is happening in each crop, these emerging technologies can help growers make faster, more accurate irrigation decisions by backing up gut feel with hard evidence.

Update from the Precision Agriculture Research Group

June 2018
Update from the Precision Agriculture Research Group

This levy-funded project aims to assist vegetable growers to implement precision technologies (VG16009). A key element is demonstrating what precision technologies are commercially available to assist in horticulture with identifying and understanding crop variability.

The Precision Agriculture Research Group from the University of New England and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries recently published a number of articles in the WA Grower magazine.

Read these articles to get an update on mapping variation at harvest and yield prediction of vegetable crops.

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.

Investigating cavity spot and forking in carrots

October 2017
Investigating cavity spot and forking in carrots

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.

Phosphorus and soil biology - common questions answered

October 2017
Phosphorus and soil biology - common questions answered

This presentation provides a great overview of the role of phosphorus in soil biology by Dr Cassandra Schefe, from Monash University and Schefe Consulting.

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.

SOILpak for vegetable growers in NSW

August 2017
SOILpak for vegetable growers in NSW

The Vegetable SOILpak manual was developed by NSW Department of Primary Industries to provide soil information relevant to irrigated vegetable production in New South Wales. The manual aims to provide decision support for landholders and advisers, helping to maintain or improve productivity over both the short and long term.

Soil health toolbox

July 2017
Soil health toolbox

Read this excellent summary of some common tools for managing soil health in cropping/mixed enterprises in Tasmania. Generally, the more tools you can use, the better!

This poster was prepared by Adrian James, NRM North, with contributions by Bill Cotching, Doris Blaesing, Greg Gibson and John McPhee.

Updates on cover crops and soil borne disease in WA Grower magazine

July 2017
Updates on cover crops and soil borne disease in WA Grower magazine

There has been some great coverage of our economic case study for cover crops, as well as a demonstration site update on the compost trials from Gingin in Western Australia in the Winter 2017 edition of the WA Grower magazine.

Click through to read the articles.

Soil borne disease management in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero

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

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.

A multi-faceted approach to soil borne disease management

June 2017
A multi-faceted approach to soil borne disease management

Vegetable growers and their advisers have identified soil borne
diseases as one of their main challenges for soil management
and crop protection. Soil borne diseases cost Australia’s $4 billion
vegetable industry an estimated $120 million each year.

Tomato potato psyllid

February 2017
Tomato potato psyllid

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.

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.

Calculating Return on Investment for on farm trials

December 2016
Calculating Return on Investment for on farm trials

An on farm trial tests the yield or economic effect of a management treatment on an agricultural system. This information can then form the basis for wider application of the treatment in other parts of the farm. Precision Agriculture (PA) tools offer a simple and effective means to implement and measure such trials as part of a normal farming operation. This booklet uses working examples of how PA tools have enabled growers to measure the economic returns of treatments to help them with whole farm decisions.

Biochar showing positive benefits for organic vegetable grower in Darwin

December 2016
Biochar showing positive benefits for organic vegetable grower in Darwin

The Darwin Soil Wealth/ICP site on David Boehme’s property was set up with help from Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) and NT Farmers, to showcase several organic approaches that are now considered to be best practice for the broader horticulture industry.

David Boehme is one of Australia’s most experienced organic farmers and he suggests that “every farmer should first learn to farm organically to understand soil biology, beneficial predators, useful non-chemical approaches, and sustainability.

David’s organic farm at Lambells Lagoon, 47km east of the Darwin CBD, is demonstrating cover crops, biochar, reduced tillage and managing pests and disease in an integrated manner.

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.

Soil Wealth: AORA Field Day at the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Demonstration Farm

November 2016
Soil Wealth: AORA Field Day at the Greater Sydney Local Land Services Demonstration Farm

Did someone say popcorn? This is just one of the crops involved in the Soil Wealth extension project at the Cowra site. Along with chickpeas at Kalbar, eggplant in Darwin, carrots in Gingin, coloured lettuce in Gippsland, and 8-kilo cabbages in Bathurst – these various projects look at tillage, soil structure, cover crops, and the resulting healthy soil using compost.

Werribee Farm Walk and demonstration site update – can 'softer' tillage work?

September 2016
Werribee Farm Walk and demonstration site update – can 'softer' tillage work?

The Werribee demonstration site held its first farm walk on 2 September 2016, hosted by Andrew Fragapane. After three lettuce crops over 10 months it was time to have a look at how the crops and soils were measuring up under the conventional-, reduced- and minimum-tillage practices. With the number of cultivations at 23, 6 and 2, respectively, some big difference could be expected.

Despite the hard setting soils the reduced-till practice was coming out as a clear winner, maintaining yields and reducing tractor, fuel and labour costs, and allowing the soil biology to do some of the heavy lifting in building a more stable soil structure which the crop roots seems to be enjoying.

Kalfresh Farm Walk and demonstration site update: June 2016

July 2016
Kalfresh Farm Walk and demonstration site update: June 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.

Review of Current Vegetable Irrigation Technologies

July 2016
Review of Current Vegetable Irrigation Technologies

This summary provides Australian vegetable growers with an understanding of available and emerging irrigation practices and technologies that could improve profitability and encourage the uptake of more efficient water practices.

Australian Standard for composts, soil conditioners and mulches

June 2016
Australian Standard for composts, soil conditioners and mulches

The objective of this Standard is to provide manufacturers, suppliers, customers and government bodies with the minimum requirements for the physical, chemical and biological properties of composts, soil conditioners, mulches and vermicast, as well as labelling and marking, in order to facilitate the beneficial recycling and use of compostable organic materials with minimal adverse impact on environmental and public health, by avoiding biosecurity and phytotoxicity risks associated with inappropriate product.

Lettuce grower David East use of biofumigant mustard

May 2016
Lettuce grower David East use of biofumigant mustard

David East is a lettuce grower with Bewray Pty Ltd east of Manjimup. Since 2011, David has been growing the biofumigant mustard Caliente during winter between his summer lettuce crops.

Legume cover crops can increase spinach yield

March 2016
Legume cover crops can increase spinach yield

The Soil Wealth and ICP project team set up a “cover crop” trial there as a real farm demonstration to help growers adopt sustainable practices, and, importantly, improve their bottom line. The trial, near Cowra, in the Central West region of NSW.

All the cover crops resulted in higher yields than the fallow control. The highest yields in this trial were obtained with clover (+48%) and field peas (+36%), but ryegrass alone and compost were also effective in increasing yields compared to bare fallow.

Building soil wealth in the south-west of WA

March 2016
Building soil wealth in the south-west of WA

On September 17th a field day on biofumigation at David and Lee East’s Bewray farm at Manjimup, WA attracted over 45 growers and industry specialists.

Best Management Practices to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions for Annual Vegetable Production

February 2016
Best Management Practices to Reduce Nitrous Oxide Emissions for Annual Vegetable Production

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a gas which under certain soil and environmental conditions is produced from both soil mineralised and fertiliser nitrogen (N) by de-nitrifying bacteria. For the farmer this represents a loss of soil fertility and/or loss of applied fertiliser. Additionally, when in the atmosphere N2O is a potent greenhouse gas. This is why it is important to minimise the loss of valuable soil and fertiliser N to the atmosphere through these processes. This BMP fact sheet sets out how this can be achieved by farmers producing vegetables.

Soil Carbon Snapshot

February 2016
Soil Carbon Snapshot

There has been a renewed focus to better understand the role and function of soil carbon in Australian agricultural situations. This summary provides a snapshot of current knowledge and signposts the key messages and reports coming from recent research and investigations across Australia. It includes:
• An introduction to soil carbon and its role
• An overview of recent research and implications for land management practices
• Useful links to key information sources.

The past, present, and future of the cover crop industry

December 2015
The past, present, and future of the cover crop industry

Steve Groff, farmer and the founder of Cover Crop Solutions, Pennsylvania, USA provides an excellent overview of cover cropping in the USA.

Management of Root-Knot Nematode in Vegetable Crops

November 2015
Management of Root-Knot Nematode in Vegetable Crops

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.

Building Soils for Better Crops

November 2015
Building Soils for Better Crops

This book is a practical guide to ecological soil management that provides background information as well as details of soil-improving practices. It is meant to give the reader an appreciation of the importance of soil health and to suggest ecologically sound practices that help to develop and maintain healthy soils.

Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Sweetpotato: A field identification guide

October 2015
Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Sweetpotato: A field identification guide

This guide enables field identification of the insects, diseases and disorders of Sweetpotato by providing:
- photos
- written description
- damage symptoms
- season when commonly found

Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Sweet Corn: A field identification guide

October 2015
Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Sweet Corn: A field identification guide

This guide enables field identification of the insects, diseases and disorders of Sweet Corn by providing:
- photos
- written description
- damage symptoms
- season when commonly found

Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Carrots, Celery and Parsley: A field identification guide

October 2015
Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Carrots, Celery and Parsley: A field identification guide

This guide enables field identification of the insects, diseases and disorders of carrots, celery and parsley by providing:
- photos
- written description
- damage symptoms
- season when commonly found

Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Babyleaf Vegetables: A field identification guide

October 2015
Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Babyleaf Vegetables: A field identification guide

This guide enables field identification of the insects, diseases and disorders of babyleaf vegetables by providing:
- photos of main pests
- description of main pests
- damage caused by main pests
- crops and season in which they are commonly found

Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Brassica Vegetables: A field identification guide

October 2015
Pests, Diseases and Disorders of Brassica Vegetables: A field identification guide

This guide enables field identification of the insects, diseases and disorders of brassica vegetables by providing:
- photos of main pests
- description of main pests
- damage caused by main pests
- crops and season in which they are commonly found

Curing Compost: An antidote for thermal processing

October 2015
Curing Compost: An antidote for thermal processing

This article by Bob Shaffer discusses the need for curing, techniques and the potential benefits of curing compost.

Plant Nutrition Basics: Understanding the Principles to Optimise the Practices

October 2015
Plant Nutrition Basics: Understanding the Principles to Optimise the Practices

This presentation by Patrick Brown from the University of California provides an outline of the principles of plant nutrition including nutrient function and mobility in plants, soil and leaf testing, nutrient management, and plant nutrient uptake and response to fertiliser.

Advanced Biological Farming

October 2015
Advanced Biological Farming

This book by Gary Zimmer, a farmer in the United States, provides support for farmers who would like to reduce chemical inputs and use natural processes within their farming systems.

Sustainable Management of Soil-borne Plant Diseases

October 2015
Sustainable Management of Soil-borne Plant Diseases

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

Soils Alive! Understanding and Managing Soil Biology on Tasmanian Farms

October 2015
Soils Alive! Understanding and Managing Soil Biology on Tasmanian Farms


This guide provides a context for soil health by looking at soil ecosystems and how they function, providing simple descriptions of soil organisms likely to be found, guiding understanding of what may be good or bad populations of organisms, and outlining a range of management practices likely to impact both positively and negatively on soil ecosystem function.

Diverse Cover Crop Mixes for Good Soil Health

October 2015
Diverse Cover Crop Mixes for Good Soil Health

This article discusses the benefits and challenges of incorporating mixed cover crops into a farming system.

Managing Cover Crops Profitably

October 2015
Managing Cover Crops Profitably

This handbook published by the Sustainable Agriculture Network in the United States provides helpful maps and charts, detailed narratives about individual cover crop species, chapters about specific aspects of cover cropping and extensive appendices that
will lead you to even more information about managing cover crops.

Strategies for soil conservation in no-tillage and organic farming systems

October 2015
Strategies for soil conservation in no-tillage and organic farming systems

This article from the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation discusses the outcomes of a long-term experiment comparing selected no-tillage grain cropping systems and a reduced-tillage organic system.

The Science of Composting

October 2015
The Science of Composting

This book chapter provides information based on the current body of scientific knowledge regarding composting.

Use and understanding of organic amendments in Australian agriculture: a review

September 2015
Use and understanding of organic amendments in Australian agriculture: a review

This scientific review provides insight and data on:
- the types of organic amendments available for use in Australian agriculture
- the purported benefits of applying different groups of organic amendments to plant-soil systems
- why adoption of organic amendments in Australia has been relatively slow
- why organic amendments will become increasingly important in Australian agricultural systems.

Lettuce Best Practice: Integrated Pest Management

July 2015
Lettuce Best Practice: Integrated Pest Management

Specialists in all areas of lettuce 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.

Soil guru shows how it’s done at National Horticulture Convention

July 2015
Soil guru shows how it’s done at National Horticulture Convention

“SOIL health to create wealth” was the motto at an AusVeg farm tour last week as the tour visited the Soil Wealth Kalbar.

Bugs in the system at Bulmer Farms at Lindenow

July 2015
Bugs in the system at Bulmer Farms at Lindenow

ONCE a thorn in the side of vegetable growers, insects and bugs are now being welcomed back into commercial crops.

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.

Pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders in cucurbits: field identification guide

June 2015
Pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders in cucurbits: field identification guide

The Field Identification Guide is designed to assist growers, workers, students and consultants to correctly identify pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders in cucurbits in Australia.

Intended to be used as a tool in integrated pest management in cucurbits, it draws on the experience of a range of scientists and industry experts. The guide represents over 270 colour photographs in 147 pages of illustrations and text. It contains a comprehensive list of organisms and nutritional disorders identified as currently important to this industry.

This publication is only available as an e-pub for use on iPad, iPhone and iPod. Download from the Apple iBookstore.

Field Guide to Pests, Beneficials, Diseases and Disorders of Vegetable in northern Australia

June 2015
Field Guide to Pests, Beneficials, Diseases and Disorders of Vegetable in northern Australia

This publication is the first comprehensive field guide to pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders of commercially grown vegetables in the Northern Territory.

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.

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.

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.