The integrated management of insect pests in grain crops on the Eyre Peninsula will be the focus of a workshop for advisers and growers at Cummins on September 11. Diamondback moth, aphids, slugs and lucerne flea will be under the microscope, along with other insect pests of concern to local growers. This Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) workshop is locally supported by Dow AgroSciences and Syngenta and addresses the needs of advisers and growers who seek an improved understanding of insects and their management to assist with implementation of more sustainable insect management practices. Workshop topics include implementing an integrated approach to insect management and decision making; monitoring, thresholds and management strategies for regionally important crops and insects; and integrated pest management tools including conserving beneficial insects and more selective insecticide options. Workshop discussions will be led by Melina Miles (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Queensland), Greg Baker, Kym Perry and Michael Nash, (SA Research and Development Institute) and facilitated by John Cameron (ICAN).
The workshop will be at the Cummins Bowling Club, starting at 11am. If weather permits, the afternoon discussion on practical aspects of pest identification, threshold determination, scouting and management will be conducted in the field. Participants will receive access to a first class resource kit including GRDC Fact Sheets, Ute Guides, course notes and presentations, and catering will be provided. To enable in-depth discussion on key issues, workshop numbers are limited so growers and advisers are encouraged to register early. To register or for further information, visit http://icanrural.com.au/registration/IMGC.htm, phone 02 9482 4930, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information
John Cameron, ICAN
02 9482 4930
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
CAPTION: Diamondback moth will be among the insect pests in focus at the Cummins workshop. Photo: Mike Keller
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