Pest management approaches

Control of crop pests has become increasingly challenging with changes in farming practices and environmental conditions. OFT contains more than 40 trials that provide information on pest management issues, and include reports on trial findings dealing with: integrated pest management; impacts of stubble management on crop production, weeds, disease and pests; role of annual medics as a disease break for cereal root pathogens; snail management approaches and tools; and seed applied treatments for controlling pests and diseases in canola.

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To quantify the contribution of different sunflower leaves to yield and oil quality by applying 12 leaf defoliation treatments.

Sunflowers are generally considered a minor crop in the northern grains region. However, they play an important role in providing a broadleaf summer crop rotation option. An individual sunflower plant produces… read more

Crop type: Sunflower 1 trial Crop
Willow Tree, NSW
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Integrated pest management

Dannielle McMillan (BCG), Stuart McColl, Valerie Caron and Paul Umina (cesar)

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To give farmers a bettter understanding of the different pest management tools available and to identify which work bets in certain circumstances.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Pesticide Application
Charlton, VIC
Source Data Unavailable
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Integrated pest management (IPM)

Stuart McColl, Paul Umina, Samantha Strano (CESAR Consultants) and Claire Browne (BCG)

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To give farmers a better understanding of the different pest management tools available and identify which work best in certain circumstances.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Pesticide Timing Pesticide Application
Charlton, VIC
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To investigate the feasibility of utilising image data, collected using UAVs, to make timely management decisions relating to slug damage in emerging canola.

Inverleigh, VIC
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The abundance and distribution of beneficial predators to achieve integrated pest management in crops and pasture

Dr Paul Horne (IPM Technologies), Jessica Page (IPM Technologies), Neil Hives (IPM Technologies), Steve Dickson (Agvise), David Watson (Agvise), Cam Nicholson (Grain and Graze)

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Crop type: Multiple 1 trial No treatment
Inverleigh, VIC
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To discuss how to manage pests and diseases to optimise crop production whilst still managing costs.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Application Fungicide Application Variety Type
Birchip, VIC
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Onion weed (Asphodelus fistulosusis) is a significant pest of crops and pastures on many soil types on upper EP. Onion weed that germinates in the pasture phase often results in thick stands of large plants that require repeated herbicide application and/or cultivation to control prior to a crop phase. Cultivation prior to sowing is a widespread… read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Herbicide Type
Kyancutta, SA Sandy loam
Source Data Unavailable
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To provide a calendar as a guide to insect pests that could be expected during each of hte major crop and pasture growing phases.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Crop Type
Birchip, VIC
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To determine the comparative performance of alternative crops and pastures as pest and disease breaks in an intensive cereal phase. In low rainfall regions of south-eastern Australia broad-leaf crops make up only a very small proportion of the total area of sown crops. In light of increasing climate variability farmers have adopted continuous ce… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy clay loam
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To determine the comparative performance of alternative crops and pastures as pest and disease breaks in an intensive cereal phase. In low rainfall regions of south-eastern Australia broad-leaf crops make up only a very small proportion of the total area of sown crops. In light of increasing climate variability farmers have adopted continuous ce… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy clay loam
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To maintain or improve crop production through applying alternative weed, disease and pest control options in pasture wheat rotations in the presence of crop residues. The trial was established in 2013 with different stubble treatments imposed at harvest and was sown either inter row or in row with wheat in 2014.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Method Stubble Management
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red loam
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To understand the water quality features that may have an influence on pesticide performance.

Crop type: Farming systems 1 trial Pesticide Application
Birchip, VIC
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  • To investigate the efficacy of several commercial snail baits on juveniles of the four pest snail species, and assess the effect of bait size and density on mortality.
  • To conduct preliminary trials to investigate the usefulness of caffeine and Perlka as additional snail management tools.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Pesticide Type
Roseworthy, SA
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  • To investigate the efficacy of several commercial snail baits on juveniles of the four pest snail species, and assess the effect of bait size and density on mortality.
  • To conduct preliminary trials to investigate the usefulness of caffeine and Perlka as additional snail management tools.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Pesticide Rate
Roseworthy, SA
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  • To investigate the efficacy of several commercial snail baits on juveniles of the four pest snail species, and assess the effect of bait size and density on mortality.
  • To conduct preliminary trials to investigate the usefulness of caffeine and Perlka as additional snail management tools.

Crop type: Pest and disease control 1 trial Pesticide Rate
Urrbrae, SA
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To demonstrate the effectiveness of Cosmos seed dressing on canola for the control of insect pests such as wireworm and red legged earth mite.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fungicide
Watchupga East, VIC
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To investigate whether weed management outside a cropping area provide benefits to growers in terms of lower weed burden, pest and disease risk within crop fields and an associated reduction in herbicide and pesticide inputs with an increase in economic returns?

Condobolin, NSW
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Many medic pasture phases are now being managed to produce vigorous medic dominant pastures using a range of herbicides and pesticides to control weeds and pests. However, it appears that some of these pastures are not producing high nitrogen (N) reserves for the following cereal crops. The broad aim of this SAGIT funded project is to assess the… read more

Crop type: Medic 2 trials Crop Type Fertiliser Rate Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Piednippie, SA Pingbong, SA Grey calcareous sandy loam Red sandy loam
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Grazing Timing Herbicide Type Stubble Management
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red loam
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Sowing Method Stubble Management Stubble Height
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red loam
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Stubble Management Stubble Height
Mt Cooper, SA Red loam
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Stubble Management Stubble Height
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy loam
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Stubble Management Stubble Height
Mt Cooper, SA Red loam
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Timing Sowing Method
Murlong, SA Non-wetting sand
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Method
Lock, SA Non-wetting sand
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Stubble Management
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red loam
Source Data Unavailable
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Timing Sowing Method
Lock, SA Non-wetting sand
Source Data Unavailable
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Grazing Timing Herbicide Type Stubble Management
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red loam
Source Data Unavailable
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Sowing Stubble Management Stubble Height
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy loam
Source Data Unavailable
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To determine whether adjustments need to be made to a range of decision support systems (DSSs) to quantitatively account for the effect of gravel on inputs such as fertilisers, lime, pesticides and herbicides.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration
Badgingarra, WA
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Issue upper EP farmers identified as a problem was sowing into retained pasture residue with pasture vines causing issues with blockages at sowing and uneven germination. The trial at Mount Cooper was designed to compare crop establishment and production, and weed and pest control effectiveness in the presence and absence of legume pasture resid… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble Management
Mt Cooper, SA Red loam
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  • To evaluate the suitability of "spot spray" technology to control weeds on farming land in the Upper North.
  • To monitor weed control success on "hard to control" summer weeds such as fleabane, onion weed, saltbush type weeds.
  • To record the reduction in pesticide and water use using "spot spra… read more

Crop type: Weed management 1 trial Herbicide Application
Jamestown, SA
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McAg Consulting <abbr title='Upper North Farming Systems'>UNFS</abbr>

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The majority of farms in low rainfall areas use sheep to provide enterprise diversity, however grazing also offers a range of other system benefits that are generally not accounted for in mixed farming enterprises. Studies have shown that grazing offers a useful tool for managing weeds and pests, improving crop nutrition and yields and providing… read more

Crop type: Medic 2 trials Fertiliser Rate Grazing Regime Sowing Rate
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy loam
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The majority of farms in low rainfall areas use sheep to provide enterprise diversity, however grazing also offers a range of other system benefits that are generally not accounted for in mixed farming enterprises. Studies have shown that grazing offers a useful tool for managing weeds and pests, improving crop nutrition and yields and providing… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Grazing Regime Sowing Rate
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy loam
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To quantify the contribution of sunflower leaves to yield and oil quality through the application of twelve leaf defoliation treatments.

Sunflowers are generally considered a minor crop in the NSW northern grains region.
However, they play an important role in providing a broadleaf summer crop rotation option.
An individu… read more

Crop type: Sunflower 1 trial Crop
Pine Ridge, NSW
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Annual medics (Medicago spp.) are self-regenerating pasture species that are well suited to crop rotations on neutral to alkaline soils. In southern Australia's semi-arid agricultural zones, medics provide feed for livestock, improve soil fertility through nitrogen fixation and act as a disease break for many cereal root pa… read more

Crop type: Medic 2 trials Crop Type Fertiliser Rate Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Piednippie, SA Pingbong, SA Grey calcareous sandy loam Red sandy loam
Source Data Unavailable
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The broad aim of this 3 year SAGIT funded project was to investigate if current management tools for medic based pastures, such as herbicides, fertilisers and rhizobial inoculants, are affecting N fixation by medic pastures under field conditions typical of the upper Eyre Peninsula. These results should also be relevant to other low rainfall Mal… read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Piednippie, SA Grey calcareous sandy loam
Source Data Unavailable
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The broad aim of this 3 year SAGIT funded project was to investigate if current management tools for medic based pastures, such as herbicides, fertilisers and rhizobial inoculants, are affecting N fixation by medic pastures under field conditions typical of the upper Eyre Peninsula. These results should also be relevant to other low rainfall Mal… read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Fertiliser Type Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Red sandy loam
Source Data Unavailable
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The broad aim of this 3 year SAGIT funded project was to investigate if current management tools for medic based pastures, such as herbicides, fertilisers and rhizobial inoculants, are affecting N fixation by medic pastures under field conditions typical of the upper Eyre Peninsula. These results should also be relevant to other low rainfall Mal… read more

Crop type: Medic 2 trials Fertiliser Type Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Pingbong, SA Red sandy loam
Source Data Unavailable
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Cumin is a herb in the parsley and carrot family which is grown in northern India and the Middle East. The seed is used as a traditional spice ingredient of kormas, masalas, and soups, and forms the basis of many other spice blends. Global production is estimated at around 600,000 tonnes. Elite cumin varieties are being evaluated across a range … read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type
Minnipa, SA Calcareous red sandy loam
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Serenade Prime in potatoes demonstration

Courtney Piesse and Susie Mason (Elders Rural Services), Fox Family and Rick Horbury (Bayer Crop Science)

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Demonstration trial to look at Serenade Prime as product to increase marketable potatoes and uniformity in tuber size through two applications during the growing season.

Dandaragan, WA Deep sandy duplex
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Monitoring mice in Australia - November 2014

Peter Brown (CSIRO), Simon Humphrys (Invasive Animals CRC) and Roger Pech (Landcare Research)

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To report on the mouse monitoring program; part of a 3 year study funded by the GRDC to monitor mouse populations and forecast the liklihood of mouse outbreaks.

Condobolin, NSW
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Mouse census week - special update

Peter Brown (CSIRO), Simon Humphrys (Invasive Animals CRC) and Roger Pech (Landcare Research)

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To provide a special report on Mouse Census Week - a part of the mouse monitoring program; part of a 3 year study funded by the GRDC to monitor mouse populations and forecast the liklihood of mouse outbreaks.

Condobolin, NSW
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Fungicides for crown rot

Margaret Evans, Alan McKay (SARDI) and Jack Desbiolles (UniSA)

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To determine whether new or commercially available fungicides, combined with novel or standard application methids, can provide significant control of crown rot caused by the fungal pathogens Fusarium pseudograminearum and F. culmorum

Crop type: Pest/disease management 1 trial Fungicide Fungicide Type Fungicide Application
Hart, SA Calcarosol
Source Data Unavailable
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Monitoring mice in Australia - November 2014

Peter Brown (CSIRO), Simon Humphrys (Invasive Animals CRC) and Roger Pech (Landcare Research)

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To report on the mouse monitoring program; part of a 3 year study funded by the GRDC to monitor mouse populations and forecast the liklihood of mouse outbreaks.

Condobolin, NSW
Source Data Unavailable
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To use information collected from the GRDC funded 'Monitoring Mice in Austrlia' project to inform local producers of the impending plague so as proactive measures can be applied.

Condobolin, NSW
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To evaluate the efficacy of cereal seed treatments for Botryosphaeria spp management (white grain disorder).

Crop type: Pest and disease control 1 trial Fungicide Fungicide Type Fungicide Rate
Laboratory study, QLD
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Crop type: Pest/disease management 1 trial Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Birchip, VIC
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To discuss root disease potential for the coming year.

Crop type: Pest/disease management 1 trial No treatment
Birchip, VIC
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To provide information for proper planning to generate time and machinery efficiencies, gain better weed control and make large financial savings.

Crop type: Pest and disease control 1 trial Fertiliser Method Fungicide Method Herbicide Method
Birchip, VIC
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