Insect pest management under the microscope in SA

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 31 Jan 2014

Armyworm larvae

The sustainable management of insect pests in grain crops is the thrust behind a series of workshops for grains industry advisers and growers to be held in South Australia in March and April. The Grains Research and Development Corporation-supported workshops at Kadina and Kapunda will feature presentations by leading entomologists and research and extension experts who will discuss with participants key pest-related issues that are often encountered during the crop growing season.

Topics include implementing an integrated approach to insect management and associated decision making process; monitoring, scouting and economic thresholds; integrated pest management tools including cultural control, conserving beneficial insects and appropriate use of ‘softer’ or more ‘selective’ insecticide options; and key pest ecology. The key outcome is developing cost effective management strategies for regionally important crops and pests.

Participants will receive access to a comprehensive resource kit including GRDC Fact Sheets, Ute Guides, course notes and presentations. The workshops will be at Kadina on March 31 and Kapunda on April 1.  Presenting will be entomologists Melina Miles (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Queensland), Greg Baker, Kym Perry and Michael Nash (SA Research and Development Institute), with workshops facilitated by John Cameron from Independent Consultants Australia Network (ICAN).

More information is available from ICAN by phoning 02 9482 4930, emailing Erica McKay at erica@icanrural.com.au or by visiting http://icanrural.com.au/iwm.html.

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Contact Details 

For Interviews

John Cameron, ICAN Rural
02 9482 4930

Contact

Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

GRDC Project Code DAQ00179

Region South, North