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  • High mouse activity reported in several regions vigilance advised
    Pests, 24 Apr 2024
    High mouse activity reported in several regions vigilance advised

    The Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) and CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, are urging growers and advisers to be vigilant due to reports of moderate to high mouse activity in several regions across Australia.Although mouse numbers are generally low in most areas, the areas with moderate to high mouse activity include parts of the north Adelaide Plains, Victorian Mallee and Wimmera, pockets of Queensland's Darling Downs, and the Central Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia.CSIRO mouse researcher Steve Henry said now is the time for growers and advisers to actively monitor mouse activity.

  • Managing canola pests using beneficial insects, spiders and mites
    Pests, 27 Mar 2024
    Managing canola pests using beneficial insects, spiders and mites

    The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is spearheading two innovative research projects, led by CSIRO and Cesar Australia, with a combined investment exceeding $12 million to enhance pest management in canola through the utilization of beneficial insects. These projects aim to mitigate the annual losses estimated at $54 million from invertebrate pests in canola by fostering a deeper understanding of the role of beneficials such as ladybeetles, lacewings, spiders, and parasitic wasps. With canola being vulnerable to a wide array of invertebrate pests, the initiative underscores the importance of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies that prioritize cultural practices and biological control while minimizing chemical interventions. The primary project, Canola Allies, led by CSIRO along with NSW DPI, SARDI, DPIRD, and Murdoch University, focuses on leveraging beneficial insects to suppress pest populations and curb the frequency of pest outbreaks. This five-year, $9.7 million investment aims to address the challenges of market access, chemical regulation, and the escalating risk of insecticide resistance, ultimately contributing to more sustainable and productive canola farming practices across Australia.

  • Growers urged to report mouse numbers
    Pests, 14 Mar 2024
    Growers urged to report mouse numbers

    Australian grain growers are being urged to participate in a national campaign focused on early detection and control of mouse populations, as concerns rise ahead of the winter cropping season. This initiative, supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) through the National Mouse Group (NMG), aims to coordinate efforts to mitigate the impact of potential mouse plagues. NMG, consisting of specialist researchers, grain growers, advisers, and industry stakeholders, plays a crucial role in addressing mouse-related challenges in the grains sector. Steve Henry, a GRDC-supported mouse researcher with CSIRO, is advocating for growers to use the free MouseAlert website, the FeralScan Pest Mapping app, or X (formerly Twitter) to report mouse activity. This collective monitoring effort is essential for providing organizations like CSIRO with valuable data to enhance mouse management strategies and support research that benefits growers across Australia.

  • GRDC webinar: Fall armyworm management tips and tactics
    Pests, 20 Feb 2024
    GRDC webinar: Fall armyworm management tips and tactics

    The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is hosting a timely webinar this Friday, February 23, to address the surge in fall armyworm (FAW) infestations affecting sorghum crops across the northern grain growing region. At 9 AM AEST (QLD) / 10 AM AEDT (NSW), the free event will feature Dr. Melina Miles from Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Dr. Joe Eyre from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, alongside Nutrien agronomist Ross Pomroy. They will share their expertise on managing FAW, with a focus on developing economic control thresholds, yield loss predictions, and effective management practices for sorghum and maize. The webinar aims to equip growers and agronomists with the latest research and practical advice on early decision-making, ecological-friendly strategies, and evolving management techniques to combat this invasive pest. Rebecca Raymond, GRDC's grower relations manager, highlights the webinar as an invaluable opportunity for growers to gain expert advice on navigating the complexities of FAW management, ensuring economic efficiency and crop sustainability.

  • Growers on alert for Fall armyworm
    Pests, 09 Feb 2024
    Growers on alert for Fall armyworm

    Fall armyworm are being detected at unprecedented levels in sorghum crops across Central Queensland, the Western and Darling Downs and northern New South Wales.

  • Keep harvest clean and carry on monitoring
    Pests, 21 Dec 2023
    Keep harvest clean and carry on monitoring

    Although mouse numbers across the northern region are low, growers should aim for a clean harvest and continue monitoring to ensure mouse numbers stay where they are.

  • Unpacking pest’s flower fascination helps build defensive strategies
    Pests, 15 Nov 2023
    Unpacking pest’s flower fascination helps build defensive strategies

    Understanding why pigeon peas are so susceptible to Helicoverpa armigera is the first step in building crop defences and boosting summer crop options for northern growers. Research scientist Trevor Volp is building a greater understanding of this behaviour and identifying potential crop defence traits.

  • Reduce harvest losses to minimise mouse risk
    Pests, 07 Nov 2023
    Reduce harvest losses to minimise mouse risk

    Grain growers urged to minimize harvest waste to improve baiting against low mouse activity, enhance profitability. Expert advice from National Mouse Group backed by GRDC research.

  • Common misunderstandings surround phosphine fumigation
    Pests, 25 Oct 2023
    Common misunderstandings surround phosphine fumigation

    Powered fumigation recirculation boxes for large silos aim to allow phosphine to be applied at ground level and distribute gas through the storage more evenly. Recirculation can also be achieved safely and effectively by still applying the phosphine in the storage headspace and using a small fan plumbed between the headspace and base of the silo to recirculate gas.

  • Mouse tracking project in WA
    Pests, 28 Sep 2023
    Mouse tracking project in WA

    A project to track mouse populations in the WA grainbelt is helping to understand mouse outbreak risks and when timely baiting is needed

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