In its Australian crop report – February 2020, ABARES says production prospects for summer crops in Queensland and northern New South Wales remain well below average.
The fly called spotted wing drosophila (SWD, Drosophila suzukii) is emerging as a global plant pest of significance. It attacks a range of soft skinned fruit and reduces crop yield and quality through direct feeding damage and secondary infection of the fruit.
Australian scientists have successfully bred self-fertile almond varieties for growers that are not entirely reliant on bees for pollination.
Growers dealing with highly variable soils are encouraged to take up to 30 soil samples in problem paddocks to ensure accuracy in test results, which will help to ensure they are not under-fertilising or over-fertilising crops.
Latest research, led by the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM), has uncovered a ‘boom and bust’ pathogen cycle that may be the key to developing new and improved management strategies and disease ratings for the damaging wheat disease septoria nodorum blotch (SNB).