Category Archives: pulses

Helicoverpa activity and management in chickpeas

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Helicoverpa are the primary insect pest of chickpeas. Beneficial insects that are present in many crops do not thrive in chickpeas, so successful helicoverpa management relies heavily on monitoring and identification, appropriately timing control to crop stage, and using the recommended thresholds. Monitoring involves regular in-field checking with a beat sheet. Additionally, moth numbers can be monitored using pheromone traps… Read more »

Soybean moth active again in 2017 in coastal Queensland

Hugh Brier   March 6, 2017   Comments Off on Soybean moth active again in 2017 in coastal Queensland
Soybean moth larva (5 mm) and typical leaf-mining damage

Major soybean moth outbreaks have recently been reported in some coastal Burnett soybean crops, and lesser outbreaks in crops in the Burdekin. Soybean moth is generally a minor soybean pest but major outbreaks have been reported periodically in all soybean growing regions. In extreme cases, crops can be totally defoliated. Feeding damage Larvae feed mostly within the leaves, making distinctive… Read more »

Phytoplasma resurfaces in the summer of 2016/17

Hugh Brier   February 3, 2017   Comments Off on Phytoplasma resurfaces in the summer of 2016/17
Image 4. Severe phytoplasma symptoms in podding mungbeans at Byee Qld.  Note mass of small green deformed pods, plus normal undamaged pods on the same plant.  Photo by Hugh Brier

Phytoplasma (a specialised bacteria infecting plants) has been widely reported in spring-planted mungbeans from Central Queensland to North Western NSW (Moree and Narrabri) and all areas in between. Symptoms include masses of small deformed leaves, flowers and pods, plants remaining green at harvest, and possibly an increased incidence of puffy pod. While in previous recent summers, moderate to high levels… Read more »

Phytoplasma and virus problems in soybean and mungbean crops

Murray Sharman   September 6, 2016   Comments Off on Phytoplasma and virus problems in soybean and mungbean crops

A devastating disease was observed in several paddocks of soybean crops in the Branchview area of the Darling Downs in late autumn 2016. Almost 100 percent of plants were affected in some paddocks. The affected plants produced no, or very few filled pods and instead had a proliferation of tiny immature pods as shown in Photos 1 and 2. The plants… Read more »

Don’t let lucerne crown borer overwinter in your soybean stubble

Hugh Brier   July 22, 2016   Comments Off on Don’t let lucerne crown borer overwinter in your soybean stubble

Once again, lucerne crown borer (LCB) (Zygrita diva) has been active in soybeans this season. Worst affected regions were the Northern Rivers and the Liverpool Plains in NSW, but reports were also fielded from the Bundaberg, Fassifern and Darling Downs regions in Queensland. In some of the severely affected crops, over 80% of plants were infested, and up to 70%… Read more »

New APVMA permit for use of dimethoate to control mirids in faba beans.

Melina Miles   May 4, 2016   Comments Off on New APVMA permit for use of dimethoate to control mirids in faba beans.

In response to the recent confirmation of the damage potential of green mirids in faba beans, Pulse Australia has successfully applied to the APVMA for a permit to allow the use of dimethoate for the control of mirids in faba beans (PER82378). The permit is active from 1 June 2016 to 31 May 2021, and is applicable in all states,… Read more »

Bean podborer on the move in mungbeans

Hugh Brier   March 22, 2016   Comments Off on Bean podborer on the move in mungbeans

Bean podborer (Maruca vitrata) have been observed in large numbers (>20/m2) in flowering/podding mungbeans planted from January onwards in the Burnett region. They are likely to be present in other coastal/subcoastal regions such as the Burdekin, Callide Valley and the Wide Bay/Burnett (particularly in late-planted crops), and to a lesser extent in the eastern Darling Downs, and Emerald in Central… Read more »

Confirmation of green mirid damage potential in faba beans

Over the past two winters, agronomists and growers have been asking whether the green mirids that they are finding in faba beans are doing any damage. Until now, the short answer to that was that we simply didn’t know. In 2014 Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Entomology conducted a preliminary trial to determine if green mirids could cause the… Read more »

Helicoverpa activity and other pests to watch for in winter crops.

Melina Miles   September 10, 2015   Comments Off on Helicoverpa activity and other pests to watch for in winter crops.

Helicoverpa armigera active now. This spring a number of agronomists have just started monitoring pheromone traps across the northern region, and the results from the past two weeks illustrate how useful pheromone traps can be. Over the past 1-2 weeks, the traps are catching relatively high numbers of Helicoverpa armigera, and low catches of H. punctigera. In September it is generally assumed that… Read more »

Etiella in mungbeans and soybeans – do we manage the threat or the pest?

Hugh Brier   February 16, 2015   Comments Off on Etiella in mungbeans and soybeans – do we manage the threat or the pest?
Medium etiella larva (5 mm), with typical pale green colour and pink stripes.

There is an understandable level of concern about how best to manage etiella (Etiella behrii) in summer mungbean crops following the unexpectedly high etiella infestations (and corresponding seed damage and contamination) in spring mungbean crops on the Downs and in Central Queensland and North Western New South Wales. Responding to the etiella threat without reacting prematurely and creating more pest… Read more »