Not all caterpillars in maize are fall armyworm

Recent reports were received of decidedly non-armyworm looking caterpillars attacking corn cobs in a crop near Mundubbera. The larvae in question were pale with lines of large dark spots on their back, and looked very similar to a serious mungbean pest, beanpodborer (Maruca vitrata). However, the larvae in question were slightly larger (about 20 mm) and some had a slight… Read more »

Other summer pulse observations

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As the summer cropping season winds down, there are some key observations in pulse crops made by leading consultants from New South Wales’s Northern Rivers and Queensland’s Hervey Bay regions that haven’t been covered in recent Beatsheet articles. 1: Indoxacarb failures linked to poor coverage The high Helicoverpa pressure encountered this summer resulted in many indoxacarb (e.g. Steward®) sprays being… Read more »

How soybeans are classified on spray labels

With a range of pest outbreaks recently (including fall armyworm), and the issuing of several new permits in Australia, there has been some confusion as to whether pulse crop references on spray labels and permits in Australia include soybeans. The good news is that the answer is yes it certainly does! Soybeans are listed by the APVMA under Crop Group… Read more »

Hungry little caterpillars clustering on Burdekin soybean pods

Update (20 April): There are reports that cluster caterpillars are also switching from leaf to pod feeding in maturing crops in the Mackay region, with a report of 5-10 larvae per square metre in many crops. Growers and consultants in all coastal regions are urged to check their crops for late season cluster caterpillars. Reports have just come to hand… Read more »

Have you seen this mungbean disease recently?

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Several growers and agronomists across southern Queensland have reported extensive damage to their mungbean crops due to Fusarium wilt this season. Large areas of affected paddocks have plants that are wilted or dead, resulting in significant yield losses. The results of DAF annual disease surveys over the last five years have found that the disease is most common in crops… Read more »

Helicoverpa insecticide resistance levels so far this summer

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Each year NSW Department of Primary Industries conducts a Helicoverpa insecticide resistance surveillance program in the major summer cropping regions of NSW and QLD, focussed on detecting Helicoverpa resistance to the insecticides indoxacarb, emamectin benzoate and chlorantraniliprole. The program provides growers and advisors with an early warning system for potential resistance hot-spots in the northern region, and is essential for… Read more »

Stem fly and disease outbreaks in Queensland soybeans

Since early March 2020, soybean growers in the Burdekin have seen significant damage to their crops. Close inspection of crops found many with soybean stem fly damage as well as leaf spots, and stem and pod lesions. Severely affected plants have suffered complete and rapid leaf defoliation. In many crops, plants did not collapse until the late pod-fill stage, when… Read more »

Are leafhoppers and seedling thrips a threat to summer mungbeans?

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Leafhoppers (also known as jassids) and seedling thrips are extremely abundant in Central Queensland this summer. The vegetable leafhoppers (Austroascra viridigrisea) are very much an ‘in your eye’ pest, with swarms of the small (3mm) bright green critters flying up when disturbed in-crop. In contrast, the cotton seedling or cereal thrips (Thrips tabaci) are hiding out of sight, down in… Read more »

A tale of two moths and their larvae: beet webworm and bean podborer in CQ mungbeans

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Observations from recent Pulse Check field days in CQ Bean podborer (Maruca vitrata) and beet webworm (Spoladea recurvalis) are on the move in Central Queensland (CQ) mungbean crops. While both species may also be active in other mungbean regions, bean podborer is most likely to occur in coastal (e.g. the Burdekin) and subcoastal (Biloela, Kingaroy) regions. Bean podborer is a… Read more »

Beet webworm moths visit mungbean crops

Beet webworm (Spoladea recurvalis) moths are being seen in huge numbers in mungbean crops at present. The moths are brown with white bands across the wings, and rest with their wings swept back. Those familiar with bean podborer (Maruca vitrata) will see the similarities between the two moths – both small brown moths that move readily when disturbed. At rest,… Read more »