The approaching new cropping season also heralds the potential onset of a new wave of invertebrate broad-acre pest issues.
To assist growers and their advisers in remaining up-to-date with any occurrence of relevant insect pest problems, a valuable source of timely information and advice is being made available free of charge.
Supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) National Invertebrate Pest Initiative, PestFacts South-Eastern is designed to keep subscribers informed about invertebrate pest-related issues and solutions.
GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair David Shannon says the service is of particular value when pest issues emerge during the winter growing season and when prompt identification and circulation of advisory information is required.
“PestFacts subscribers provide pest reports and field observations on the appearance and distribution of invertebrate pests across south-eastern Australia,” Mr Shannon said.
“This information, along with advice and recommendations, is then relayed via email to hundreds of individuals, organisations and businesses working with broad-acre crops and pastures.”
Mr Shannon said being informed and alerted by signing up to the PestFacts service should be a priority for growers and advisers.
“Subscriber support and feedback is also 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.”
With a focus on pests of broad-acre grain crops in Victoria and New South Wales, PestFacts South-Eastern is co-ordinated by Dr Paul Umina from cesar.
This year, a new feature of the PestFacts service will be an interactive map that will allow subscribers to search and view previous historical pest reports.
It is based on a model that has been operating in Western Australia for the past two seasons.
PestFacts South-Eastern subscribers also benefit from special access to cesar's extensive insect image gallery which can be used by growers, agronomists, farm advisers and researchers to enable more accurate identification of pest and beneficial insects.
For more information or to subscribe to the service, contact PestFacts co-ordinator Dr Paul Umina on (03) 9349 4723 or email email@example.com
The GRDC also provides an extensive integrated pest management information resource at www.grdc.com.au/pestlinks.
Caption: Pasture day moth larvae feed mainly on broadleaf species in pastures but may damage seedling crops when in large numbers. Image courtesy A Weeks, cesar.
Paul Umina, PestFacts South-Eastern
(03) 9349 4723
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