Russian wheat aphid – situation update by state

Russian wheat aphid – situation update by state
Cereal diseases

On June 1, 2016 PIRSA confirmed that Russian wheat aphid had been detected in mid-north South Australia. A biosecurity operation involving PIRSA, Biosecurity SA and…

Dig deeper if you really want to know about Nitrogen

Dig deeper if you really want to know about Nitrogen
Crop Nutrition

Rain encourages soil microbes to mineralise soil organic nitrogen (N) into plant available mineral forms. Some mineral N can leach, moving down in the soil…

Do late sown crops need extra Phosphorus?

Do late sown crops need extra Phosphorus?
Crop Nutrition

As winter sowing dates get later a crop’s potential response to Phosphorus (P) fertiliser rises, at the same time absolute yield potential is falling. This…

Eye in the sky – Would you use a drone?

Eye in the sky – Would you use a drone?
Crop Nutrition

Interested in drones? Find out how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are being used in agriculture in the US, what’s on the horizon, what type are…

Blackleg fungicide tolerance survey 2015

Blackleg fungicide tolerance survey 2015
Field Crop Diseases

As canola becomes more common in the rotation and the intensity of production increases so does growers reliance on fungicides to combat blackleg infection. In…

Understanding the cause of blackleg stem and branch cankers

Understanding the cause of blackleg stem and branch cankers
Field Crop Diseases

  In recent years, blackleg infection has affected the upper stems and branches of canola plants leading to yield loss as branches and pods on…

Using cancer technology for rapid detection of fungicide resistance

Using cancer technology for rapid detection of fungicide resistance
Cereal diseases

Grower samples from last year’s season, along with a machine normally used for detecting mutations in cancer cells, have led to the discovery of the…

Think twice before sowing chickpeas into high Nitrogen soils

Think twice before sowing chickpeas into high Nitrogen soils
Crop Nutrition

The current temptingly high chickpea prices make them an attractive option. In paddocks with high soil nitrate (>100kg N/ha) chickpeas may not yield as well…

Give seeds the best chance by avoiding fertiliser damage

Give seeds the best chance by avoiding fertiliser damage
Crop Nutrition

Germinating seeds can be damaged by fertiliser placed too close or applied at too high rates. You can check how much fertiliser you can safely…