Grains Research and Development

Date: 18.04.2011

Free crop pest information service a must this season

Stuart McColl

Free crop pest information service a must this season

There aren’t too many services available these days that are free-of-charge but of enormous value.

One service that ticks both boxes is PestFacts South-Eastern.

Supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) National Invertebrate Pest Initiative, PestFacts South-Eastern is a free service designed to keep grain growers and advisers informed about invertebrate pest-related issues and solutions.

GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says that the service is of particular value when pest issues emerge during the winter growing season and when prompt identification is required and advisory information circulated.

“And with the recent unusually wet summer conditions expected to promote an abundance of crop insect pest activity this coming season, being informed and alerted by signing up to the PestFacts service should be a priority for growers and advisers,” Mr Shannon said.

With a focus on pests of broad-acre grain crops in Victoria and southern New South Wales, PestFacts South-Eastern is co-ordinated by Dr Paul Umina and Stuart McColl from CESAR.

PestFacts South-Eastern is produced on an ‘as-needs’ basis in response to pest observations and reports. The free newsletter is sent directly to subscribers via e-mail.

“Subscriber support and feedback is essential to the success of PestFacts,” Mr Shannon said.

“I encourage all grains industry personnel to sign up to the service to ensure that emerging pest issues in crops and pastures are quickly recognised and addressed.”

The PestFacts South-Eastern newsletter will be improved and expanded in 2011 based on feedback from a recent subscriber survey. This includes a new look and changes to the way content is delivered.

For more information or to subscribe to the service, contact PestFacts co-ordinators Paul Umina or Stuart McColl on (03) 9329 8816 or email stuart@cesarconsultants.com.au.

The GRDC also provides an extensive integrated pest management information resource at www.grdc.com.au/pestlinks.

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Caption: PestFacts co-ordinator Stuart McColl at a research trial site near Charlton, Victoria.

• For more information contact PestFacts co-ordinators Stuart McColl or Paul Umina on (03) 9329 8816.

• www.grdc.com.au/pestlinks

• GRDC project code: CSE00046

• This media release and other media products are available via www.grdc.com.au/media

GRDC Project Code CSE00046