Foliar disease workshops prepare advisers for 2012

Author: | Date: 06 Mar 2012

Foliar disease workshops prepare advisers for 2012

As grain growers plan their approach to season 2012, sound advice to help develop a proactive strategy to manage cereal foliar diseases is a must.

Grains advisers can update their knowledge on control for a range of diseases, such as rust, yellow leaf spot, net blotch, scald, Stagonospora, Septoria and powdery mildew at a series of training courses to be held across Australia.

The two-day workshops target agronomists advising growers on the management of foliar diseases in cereals, and covers:
• Cereal growth stages and spray decisions.
• The impact of the environment and day degrees on crop and disease development.
• Where new and old fungicides fit, how they work and how they should be applied.
• Key intervention points for disease management in cereals and relationship to environment, genetics and cost-effective disease management plans.
• Integration of genetics and varietal selection into advice.
• Influences of seasonal conditions.
• The use of at-sowing and foliar fungicides for the economic management of foliar diseases in wheat and barley.

The workshops – supported by the GRDC, Bayer CropScience, Syngenta and the Rust Bust campaign – feature foliar disease expert Nick Poole from the Foundation for Arable Research, and leading cereal pathologists.

Workshop facilitator John Cameron, Independent Consultants Australia Network (ICAN) Rural, says agronomists are dealing with farming systems that have many variables and so understanding genetics, epidemiology, seasonal conditions and available disease control mechanisms is vital in providing sound advice.

“Rust, yellow leaf spot, Septoria and powdery mildew can be devastating foliar diseases. Having a management plan in place for these and other key diseases before they appear is critical to cropping profit.

“Agronomists need to work with their growers to develop cost effective multi-disease strategies that suit their client’s risk profile.

“How to manage the recent development of resistance in powdery mildew to triazole fungicides and the potential for resistance to occur in other disease/fungicide combinations is also an issue advisers need to be across.”

Workshop dates and locations include:

• Wagga Wagga, NSW – March 12-13 at the Wine and Food Industry Training Centre.
• Horsham, Victoria – March 15-16 at Grains Innovation Park, 110 Natimuk Rd.
• Adelaide, SA – March 26-27 at the Adelaide Meridien Hotel, 21-39 Melbourne St.

For more information or to register, contact ICAN John Cameron at  

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