Blog — Agronomy alert

Manage lupinosis risk

November 27, 2018
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has alerted farmers to early signs of a toxic fungus which causes lupinosis, a disease which can lead to production losses and deaths when livestock graze infected lupin stubble.

2018 pulse fungicide guides

August 23, 2018
Seasonal conditions have varied widely across Australian cropping areas. Generally, conditions have not favoured diseases, even though many need only limited moisture to infect crops (heavy dew may provide enough moisture). Monitoring needs to be continued through the different growth stages of the crop. With good access for ground sprayers this year, allowing for high water rates and canopy penetration, timely fungicide application will give the crop the best chance of a high yield.

New aphid pest affects pulses

October 16, 2017
Megoura crassicauda is a new pest in Australia that could impact some legume crops, particularly faba bean, broad bean and vetch. Megoura crassicauda is an aphid species native to north-east Asia, and was considered an exotic pest in Australia prior to its detection on broad bean plants in a suburb of metropolitan Sydney, October 2016. After this initial detection in Australia, eradication of M. crassicauda was deemed unfeasible based on previous unsuccessful attempts to eradicate exotic aphid species.

New lupin for WA

September 25, 2017
PBA Leeman is a high yielding narrow leaf lupin suited to an area stretching from the Northern Agricultural Region through to the Lakes District in the south.

New lupins for NSW, Vic and SA

September 21, 2017
Substantial yield improvements in two new lupin varieties today launched at the Henty Machinery Field Days will be welcomed by growers in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Peat best performing inoculant

August 31, 2017
On-seed application of peat slurry has provided the best nodulation, grain yield and nitrogen fixation in experiments comparing different methods of inoculating legumes.

2017 pulse fungicide guides

July 08, 2017
Pulse Australia has compiled fungicide use guides for the 2017 season. These guides provide a consolidated list of chemicals and approved usage patterns, for both on-label and permit.

NSW lupin anthracnose 2017

July 05, 2017
The lupin anthracnose biosecurity zone (which encompasses the Local Government Areas of Cootamundra/Gundagai, Junee and Coolamon) has special conditions including restrictions on the growing and sale of certain lupins within the zone.