Crop disease will be a hot topic at this year’s AgQuip breakfast, hosted by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) on Wednesday 17 August.
Recent wetter than average conditions for many northern growers in June and July could pose disease issues for crops over the next few months with NSW DPI senior plant pathologist, Kevin Moore, alerting growers to the risk of Aschochyta blight.
“Caused by the fungus Phoma rabiei, Ascochyta blight is a serious disease of chickpeas in Australia and has the potential to cause devastating and costly yield losses,” Dr Moore said.
Kevin Moore is one of the speakers at the GRDC and DPI crop update at AgQuip in 2016.
“It can infect all above ground parts of the plant and is most prevalent in areas where cool, cloudy and humid weather occurs during the crop season, such as many growers are now experiencing.
“I urge growers to vigilantly monitor crops for early signs of Ascochyta blight infection, particularly given the recent detection of Ascochyta in northern NSW crops.”
It’s not only pulse diseases on the agenda at the GRDC/NSW DPI breakfast update, well-known NSW DPI cereal pathologist, Steven Simpfendorfer, is due to speak about in-crop management of foliar cereal diseases, including stripe rust and yellow spot.
“Although both of these cereal leaf diseases are favoured by wet weather there are key differences in their disease cycles which are important to understand and consider in management decisions,” Dr Simpfendorfer said.
“Growers should not expect the same efficacy from fungicides against these two key foliar diseases due to fundamental differences in their biology.
“It is critical that growers understand these differences when considering fungicide choice, application timing, control expectations and ultimately economic returns.”
The breakfast update will cover timely and relevant research for northern growers, including presentations on new chickpea varieties and making better fertiliser decisions, starting at 7:30 and finishing by 9am to allow growers to attend a full day at the biggest agricultural industry field day.
This key AgQuip event allows growers to hear the latest crop management information and discuss the findings with those researchers.
The GRDC will also be on hand to answer any questions and provide further information across the full three days of AgQuip, August16, 17 and 18, at site i24B, across from the NSW Farmers shed.
Places are limited for the breakfast update. For more information please contact David Lord, GRDC on 0422 082 105 or via email, or Liz Tydd NSW DPI on 0407 210 805 or via email.
Bernadette York, NSW DPI media officer
0427 773 785
Ellen McNamara, Senior Consultant Cox Inall Communications
0429 897 129