Management of the cereal fungal disease Septoria will be the focus of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) technical workshop in Launceston next month. The workshop for advisers, agronomists, consultants and growers will be at the Country Club Tasmania on August 12. Septoria has become more problematic in recent seasons in the high rainfall zone because of the increased intensity of wheat cultivation, wetter and cooler springs, the cultivation of susceptible varieties and a shift to earlier sowings.
The Launceston technical workshop will bring together a range of plant pathologists, agronomists and researchers who will provide an update on best practice Septoria management in the high rainfall zone. Speakers will discuss the Septoria fungicide resistance issue and how chemicals, variety selection and crop rotations can be used for effective disease control. Speakers will also review other priority diseases for 2015 such as crown rot, eyespot and leaf rust.
More information on the workshop is available by phoning AgCommunicators on 08 8332 3277 or by visiting www.agcommunicators.com.au/workshops.
In the meantime, growers and advisers can access more information on Septoria tritici blotch in wheat via the GRDC southern region Septoria tritici blotch Fact Sheet, and the GRDC southern region Eyespot in wheat Fact Sheet.
Deb Baum, AgCommunicators
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli