Biosecurity, 28 May 2021
When a new pest or disease is first detected in Australia, a decision must be made on whether it is feasible to eradicate it or whether we need to learn how to manage it. A recent example of an exotic pest that was determined unfeasible to be eradicated was fall armyworm, which arrived in northern Australia in early 2020.
Biosecurity, 12 May 2021
The ‘Growers – Pest Reporting and Responses’ course is the ideal starting point for grain growers wanting to improve their biosecurity game
Biosecurity, 11 May 2021
Biosecurity gate signs provide an immediate signal to all visitors to your property that you take biosecurity seriously – and so should they.
Biosecurity, 17 Feb 2021
There are many good reasons for controlling the green bridge between crops, including preventing the early build-up of pests and diseases, preserving soil moisture and nutrients and reducing the weed seedbank.
Biosecurity, 21 Nov 2020
Large numbers of Queensland crops were surveyed and diseases processed in 2019-20, despite travel restrictions caused by the global pandemic. The 2019-20 survey included wheat, barley, mungbeans, sorghum, soybeans and peanuts and identified the presence and distribution of several important established diseases.
Biosecurity, 20 Nov 2020
Growers should be aware of how confirmation bias could be associated with their selection of brands, breeds and farming practices such as biosecurity. This means they should be cautious about overlooking unseen risks when it comes to pests and diseases.
Biosecurity, 26 Aug 2020
Plant pests and diseases cause up to 40 per cent of food crop losses every year. International research collaboration through initiatives such as the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative is key to fighting pests and diseases.
Biosecurity, 19 Aug 2020
The extended drought in the eastern states of Australia resulted in shortages of quality stock feed in many regional areas, particularly entering the summer of 2018 and early 2019. Graziers and grain merchants in NSW were often prepared to go to great lengths in an attempt to source high-protein feed to meet the short fall, including importing lupin grain from interstate.
Biosecurity, 15 Aug 2020
More Australian producers than ever before have implemented biosecurity practices to protect their properties from diseases, pests and weeds.
Biosecurity, 01 Aug 2020
In other parts of the world fall armyworm has developed resistance to commonly used insecticides, making management more difficult. In a GRDC-invested, CSIRO-led project, researchers aim to better understand this pest’s genetic make-up and insecticide sensitivities to develop effective pest management plans.