Blog — Agronomy alert

Lupin anthracnose biosecurity risk

December 21, 2018
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has issued warnings about lupin seed for sowing, stock feed and fodder from Western Australia and South Australia being prohibited in NSW as it is a pathway for introduction of anthracnose.

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.