Sustainable management of insect pests in crops can be a challenge for grain growers.
The discovery of insects in crops can pose many questions for a grower: is the insect doing damage, or is it actually a 'good bug'; how many pests are there in the field; are they affecting yield and profit; should I do something about them; do I really need to apply an insecticide; can I avoid them next year?
To help growers address these questions, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is supporting three one-day workshops for grain growers in central and southern New South Wales. The workshops will be at Wellington on September 3, Forbes on September 4 and Griffith on September 5.
Project Manager Dr Melina Miles, from the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, says each workshop will investigate the major insect pests of grain crops and how to manage these in an integrated approach, designed to avoid the overuse of broad spectrum insecticides.
“In morning sessions, participants will discuss practical strategies to enable introduction of integrated pest management (IPM) on their farms,” Dr Miles said. “In the afternoon they will then move into the field to see first hand how to monitor and identify pest and beneficial insects.”
Dr Miles said the workshops would be presented by extension and research staff from Queensland DAFF and the NSW Department of Primary Industries and facilitated by consultant John Cameron (ICAN).
“These workshops are an excellent opportunity for growers to spend a day drawing on the resources of leading grains entomologists. Workshops will be small group format limited to approximately 20 participants in order to facilitate discussion around the issues of regional importance.”
Also supported by Dow AgroSciences and Syngenta, the workshops’ indoors session will run from 8.30am to midday, with the field component finishing by 5pm. The cost of $50 (inclusive of GST) covers lunch, morning tea and workshop materials. For further information or to register, go to http://icanrural.com.au/registration/IMGCgrower.htm or contact Erica McKay at ICAN on (02) 9482 4930 or Erica@icanrural.com.au.
Caption: Monitoring and identification of pest and beneficial insects will be a focus of the integrated pest management workshops in southern NSW in early September. Image A Weeks.
John Cameron, ICAN
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