Management of Victorian crop pests under the microscope

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 08 Aug 2014

Brown field slug

The integrated management of invertebrate pests in Victorian grain crops will be the focus of a workshop for advisers and growers at Lake Bolac on September 10. The key issue of slugs, along with aphids, earwigs and other insect pests of concern to local growers will be under the microscope. 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, and monitoring, thresholds and management strategies for regionally important crops and insects. Workshop discussions will be led by Michael Nash, (South Australian Research and Development Institute), Melina Miles (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Queensland) and Garry McDonald (Melbourne University/cesar), and facilitated by John Cameron (ICAN).

The workshop will be at the Lake Bolac & District Bowling Club, starting at 8.30am. 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, phone 02 9482 4930, or email


For further information

John Cameron, ICAN
02 9482 4930


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100 

CAPTION: Slugs will be the key crop pest in focus at the Campbell Town workshop. Photo: Michael Nash

GRDC Project Code DAQ00179

Region South, North