Pests, 20 Feb 2024
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.
Pests, 09 Feb 2024
Fall armyworm are being detected at unprecedented levels in sorghum crops across Central Queensland, the Western and Darling Downs and northern New South Wales.
Pests, 21 Dec 2023
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.
Pests, 15 Nov 2023
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.
Pests, 07 Nov 2023
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.
Pests, 25 Oct 2023
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.
Pests, 28 Sep 2023
A project to track mouse populations in the WA grainbelt is helping to understand mouse outbreak risks and when timely baiting is needed
Pests, 15 Sep 2023
With Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investment, the project – Guidance for spreading mouse bait to improve efficacy and maintain bait integrity – is examining mouse bait application techniques to better understand the performance and likely efficacy of various options.
Pests, 13 Sep 2023
The experienced scientist is urging growers and agronomists to monitor crops for RWA, and use the RWA action threshold calculator, to help determine the cost effectiveness of chemical treatment.
Pests, 11 Sep 2023
Some growers have noticed snail numbers increase after liming. Lime is a source of calcium which increases shell strength and fertility. As a result of this observation, a small research trial was conducted to gauge the impact liming had on snail fertility and shell strength, and whether incorporating lime or using a different type of lime could limit snail population growth.