There have been several recent reports of fungal diseases in winter and spring crops in the northern grains region.
Rust has been detected in cereal crops growing in central and southern Queensland this winter/spring. Monitor crops closely, keeping an eye out for pustules on stems and leaves, and submit rust samples for pathotype testing to the University of Sydney, who monitor cereal rust pathotypes throughout Australia.
More information on winter cereal diseases at GRDC:
- Managing rust and yellow leaf spot
- Three rust diseases of wheat
- Barley leaf rust pathogen insensitive to fungicides
- Stripe rust trials and an early warning network
Contact our cereal pathologist, Lisle Snyman at [email protected] for further information on disease diagnosis and management.
Soybean downy mildew
The downy mildew pathogen, Peronospora manshurica, has been detected in several soybean crops growing in the Burdekin region.
Though the disease can be widespread in crops, it is not likely to significantly impact grain yields.
Contact our plant pathologist, Lisa Kelly at [email protected] for further information on mungbean disease diagnosis and management.
Botrytis grey mould
Botrytis grey mould, caused by Botrytis cinerea, has been detected in several chickpea crops in central Queensland. Closely monitor crops for disease symptoms and contact our plant pathologist, Lisa Kelly at [email protected] for further information on disease diagnosis and management.
Further information on chickpea diseases and management: