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Integrated weed management – a practical approach for vegetable growers

November 2020
Integrated weed management – a practical approach for vegetable growers

Integrated weed management (IWM) is vital for getting on top of weed problems in vegetable production. It involves combining all appropriate weed control options in a coordinated, supportive and flexible way. A key outcome of effective IWM in vegetable production is the reduction of the weed seed bank (the number of viable weed seeds present in the soil) to ensure that the weed burden is minimised.

Biological products and new phosphorus fertiliser technology for potato productivity

October 2020
Biological products and new phosphorus fertiliser technology for potato productivity

The Potato Pest and Disease R&D Coordination project and the Soil Wealth and ICP project, together with McCain and Nutrien, delivered an informative session on biological R&D resources, products and testing options for potato growers.

At the cutting edge: Advancements in biopesticides for profitable vegetable production

September 2020
At the cutting edge: Advancements in biopesticides for profitable vegetable production

Biopesticides are a diverse group of pest control products based on naturally occurring biochemicals, minerals and microbes. They generally have very low toxicity to humans and are sustainable with minimal environmental impacts. Many can be used in organic production.

Watch this interactive webinar recording to hear from leading international researchers from Lincoln University (NZ) and The University of Queensland (AU).

Internal rot of capsicum

September 2020
Internal rot of capsicum

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

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

Adoption of precision systems technology in vegetable production

August 2020
Adoption of precision systems technology in vegetable production

Dr Luz Angelica Suarez, postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre at UNE, will discuss her research which aims to assist growers in the evaluation and adoption of remote sensing technologies as a mechanism to optimise management practices.

Postharvest management of broccoli

July 2020
Postharvest management of broccoli

Dr Jenny Ekman will outline the pre-harvest and postharvest technologies and techniques needed to overcome broccoli’s short storage life, and discuss how to keep customers happy and coming back for more.

Using cover crops to manage mycorrhizal fungi in vegetable crops

July 2020
Using cover crops to manage mycorrhizal fungi in vegetable crops

Dr Kelvin Montagu summarises the potential role of cover crops in managing mycorrhizal fungi in vegetable production.

The webinar covers:

- Why mycorrhizal fungi
- Do Australian vegetable crops have mycorrhizal fungi – a survey of 50 vegetable crops
- Levels of mycorrhizae in vegetable growing soil
- Trials adding inoculant to cover crops
- Trials adding inoculant to cover crops and vegetable crops (leeks/corn)
- The webinar presents the work undertaken in the Optimising Cover Crops for the Australian

Salinity and potato production (Part 4 of 4): Organic soil amendments, biologicals & biostimulants

June 2020
Salinity and potato production (Part 4 of 4): Organic soil amendments, biologicals & biostimulants

Curious about soil amendment options for lifting potato production in saline environments? Watch this webinar discussion which covers a range of topics including compost, biologicals and biostimulants including how they work, associated costs and more.

Salinity and potato production (Part 3 of 4): Managing hydrophobic soils in potato production

June 2020
Salinity and potato production (Part 3 of 4): Managing hydrophobic soils in potato production

Watch this webinar recording to find out more about hydrophobic soils and potato production, including the causes, impacts and associated costs of hydrophobicity as well as irrigation management.

Salinity and potato production (Part 2 of 4): Know your salts to better manage potato nutrition

June 2020
Salinity and potato production (Part 2 of 4): Know your salts to better manage potato nutrition

Think you know your salts? Watch this interactive webinar recording to find out how growers can better manage salinity and potato nutrition. Topics discussed include chloride toxicity, chloride and nitrate competition, sodium, bicarbonates, pH implications, the use of Thiocal to help flush salts and improve soil condition, and SOP fertilisers vs MOPs.

Salinity and potato production (Part 1 of 4): Monitoring for improved management

June 2020
Salinity and potato production (Part 1 of 4): Monitoring for improved management

This webinar focused on the causes, impacts and associated costs of salinity monitoring for improved potato production, including EM mapping, soil and water monitoring and SAP testing.

Herbicide resistance in onion cropping systems

June 2020
Herbicide resistance in onion cropping systems

Watch the Onion Project's interactive and informative webinar with onion industry specialist, Dr Peter Boutsalis from Plant Science Consulting.

Cover crops and soil biology in vegetable soils

June 2020
Cover crops and soil biology in vegetable soils

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

Soilborne disease management in onions

May 2020
Soilborne disease management in onions

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

New tools to manage irrigation in potatoes

May 2020
New tools to manage irrigation in potatoes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Redback spiders in vegetable crops - Why? And what to do about it!

April 2020
Redback spiders in vegetable crops - Why? And what to do about it!

From April to June is ‘redback season’, where consumer complaints about redback spiders in broccoli and, to a lesser extent, other vegetables, 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 in an AHR webinar featuring Dr Jenny Ekman.

VegNET Bugs and Biosecurity

April 2020
VegNET Bugs and Biosecurity

This is a recording of a VegNET Tasmania webinar in the autumn of 2020.

VegNET Vegetable Levy R&D Project Updates and Discussion

March 2020
VegNET Vegetable Levy R&D Project Updates and Discussion

Watch this webinar recording to learn from key researchers about the latest findings of several Hort Innovation Vegetable Levy Funded Projects.

Planning for Summer - Irrigation and Water Management

December 2019
Planning for Summer - Irrigation and Water Management

As crop growth and water use increase with the warmer weather, it’s a good time to think about getting on top of irrigation management and reviewing your water availability.

Watch this webinar, hosted by VegNET, for a Victoria specific focus on the summer weather outlook, water availability north of the divide and preparation of irrigation systems.

Biofumigation Cover Crops PART 2 Pest & diseases & impact on soil-borne diseases

December 2019
Biofumigation Cover Crops PART 2 Pest & diseases & impact on soil-borne diseases

There are many brassica species and cultivars that can be grown as biofumigants or cover crops. These brassicas are typically thought of as cool seasons options but work by the cover crop project has looked at how they perform across the year in southern Queensland. And some results will surprise!

Part 2 of the webinar looks at the potential pest and disease issues while growing the cover crops and the potential impact on soil-bourne disesases (Sclerotium rolfsii, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum & Macrophomina phaseolina) following incorporation.

Watch this webinar with Dr John Duff and Kelvin Montagu who summarise the results of trials growing more than 12 different biofumigants at different times of the year in Gatton and Bundaberg. 

Biofumigation Cover Crops PART 1: What variety and when?

December 2019
Biofumigation Cover Crops PART 1: What variety and when?

There are many brassica species and cultivars that can be grown as biofumigants or cover crops. These brassicas are typically thought of as cool seasons options but work by the cover crop project has looked at how they perform across the year in southern Queensland. And some results will surprise!

Part 1 of the webinar looks at the growth of 17 different biofumigant cover crops and the levels of glucosinolates.

Watch this webinar with Dr John Duff and Kelvin Montagu who summarise the results of trials growing more than 12 different biofumigants at different times of the year in Gatton and Bundaberg. 

Managing salinity in vegetable crops

November 2019
Managing salinity in vegetable crops

Salinity issues can appear in all major vegetable production areas; they can come and go depending on weather and changes in water quality. It can occur naturally or as a result of management practices.

Watch this interactive webinar and hear from industry experts on good salinity management practices on farm, salinity thresholds for vegetables, how salinity can be identified and measured, as well as appropriate EC ranges for soils and water.

Technology for controlling weeds in vegetable production

August 2019
Technology for controlling weeds in vegetable production

Most new technology for controlling weeds will be a positive step forward for soil health and the environment, and will play an important role in our fight against herbicide resistant weeds.

Watch this interactive session to hear from leading industry experts on some of the most interesting and practical advances in weed management.

Recycled Organics (Compost) in Vegetable Production

March 2019
Recycled Organics (Compost) in Vegetable Production

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

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

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

Strip-tillage for vegetables and potatoes with Steve Peterson (USA) and Ben Pogiolli

March 2019
Strip-tillage for vegetables and potatoes with Steve Peterson (USA) and Ben Pogiolli

Hear from industry experts on how strip-till will save you fuel and time, increase soil organic matter, reduce erosion and compaction, and how fertilisers can be banded at multiple depths.

Managing Redback Spiders In Broccoli

February 2019
Managing Redback Spiders In Broccoli

Redback spiders love a hot, dry summer ...

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

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

Integrated Pest Management of vegetable pests - a more sustainable approach

October 2018
Integrated Pest Management of vegetable pests - a more sustainable approach

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.

Future focus – robotics and intelligent systems in Australian vegetable production systems

August 2018
Future focus – robotics and intelligent systems in Australian vegetable production systems

Robotics and intelligent systems are used throughout various agricultural industries to control, monitor and improve farming systems. The development of various systems to aid in increasing the economic performance of farms is prevalent in both Australia and internationally.

Watch this informative and interactive one-hour session to get the latest updates from vegetable industry experts, including leaders from the University of Sydney, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and DataFarming.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Biosecurity lessons in planning and response for the vegetable industry

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

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

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

Fusarium wilt management in vegetables with Dr Len Tesoriero

December 2017
Fusarium wilt management in vegetables with Dr Len Tesoriero

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

Getting soil and nutrition management right with the EnviroVeg program

November 2017
Getting soil and nutrition management right with the EnviroVeg program

Healthy soil and correct nutrition management is essential to a productive vegetable business and protecting the natural environment.

Watch this webinar recording to get the latest updates on managing vegetable soils and nutrition with a focus on nitrogen as the most mobile nutrient prone to losses via waterways and air, as well as the new industry-owned EnviroVeg program.

Pesticides and insect pest control in vegetables with Dr Siobhan de Little

October 2017
Pesticides and insect pest control in vegetables with Dr Siobhan de Little

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.

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

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

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

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

Green peach aphid resistance management with Dr Siobhan de Little

August 2017
Green peach aphid resistance management with Dr Siobhan de Little

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.

Precision agriculture technology in vegetable production systems

August 2017
Precision agriculture technology in vegetable production systems

Precision agriculture (or PA) uses a combination of new technology and existing agronomic knowledge to maximise farm efficiency.

Watch the recording of this one-hour interactive session facilitated by the National Vegetable Extension Network (VegNET) in Victoria (N, W, SE regions) and Tasmania, funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.

Managing Fruit Fly in Vegetable Crops with Dr Jenny Ekman

May 2017
Managing Fruit Fly in Vegetable Crops with Dr Jenny Ekman

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.

Using compost in commercial vegetable production with Dr Doris Blaesing

March 2017
Using compost in commercial vegetable production with Dr Doris Blaesing

Watch this webinar recording from 21 March 2017 to find out more about the good, the bad and the ugly of compost use in vegetable production with Dr Doris Blaesing from RMCG.

Nutrition management and plant disease with Dr Len Tesoriero

February 2017
Nutrition management and plant disease with Dr Len Tesoriero

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

Biofumigation cover crops in vegetable production with Julie Finnigan

January 2017
Biofumigation cover crops in vegetable production with Julie Finnigan

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

Managing insect pests in greenhouses with Andy Ryland

November 2016
Managing insect pests in greenhouses with Andy Ryland

In this webinar Andy Ryland, talks about the ways to manage pests when growing vegetables in greenhouses.

Developing a fertilizer program for vegetable crops with Bruce Scott & Doris Blaesing

November 2016
Developing a fertilizer program for vegetable crops with Bruce Scott & Doris Blaesing

This webinar series aims to provide evidence based knowledge to make good decisions on site-specific nutrient management of vegetable crops using soil and plant testing and the 4R principles (right source, right rate, right time and right place).

The third webinar in the series focuses on developing a fertilizer program and features well-respected specialists Bruce Scott (E.E. Muir & Sons) and Dr Doris Blaesing.

Rediscovering cover crops with Kelvin Montagu

November 2016
Rediscovering cover crops with Kelvin Montagu

Cover crops are being rediscovered by vegetable growers as practical ways of improving soil productivity and health. While cover cropping is a simple concept, it can be complex to implement in todays intensive production systems.

In this webinar Dr Kelvin Montagu from the Soil Wealth - ICP team, talks about the use of cover crops in vegetable production and the practical issues which need to be considered.

How to manage sclerotinia in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero

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

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

Managing pesticide resistance in vegetable crops with Dr Paul Horne

October 2016
Managing pesticide resistance in vegetable crops with Dr Paul Horne

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.

Leaf and sap testing for managing vegetable crop nutrition with Bruce Scott, Doris Blaesing and Gordon Rogers

September 2016
Leaf and sap testing for managing vegetable crop nutrition with Bruce Scott, Doris Blaesing and Gordon Rogers

View the leaf and sap testing for vegetable crops webinar broadcast on the 27th September 2016 by Bruce Scott, Doris Blaesing and Gordon Rogers from the Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection team and E.E. Muir & Sons.

Pest management - what are the options? with Dr Paul Horne

July 2016
Pest management - what are the options? with Dr Paul Horne

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.

Soil Testing for Vegetable Crops with Doris Blaesing and Gordon Rogers

July 2016
Soil Testing for Vegetable Crops with Doris Blaesing and Gordon Rogers

Doris Blaesing and Gordon Rogers from the Soil Wealth team, presented a webinar on how to get the most from soil testing for vegetable crops.

If you missed this popular webinar, you can view the recording and download the presentation from here.

How to control Pythium in vegetable crops with Dr Len Tesoriero

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

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

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