Over the past few years the Queensland DAFF entomology team has led a team of national collaborators to develop an exciting new national ‘IPM guidelines for grains’ website.
The website focuses on the major grain crops and their pests, and includes a range of supporting information to guide users in making pest management decisions.
What is different about this website compared to other pest management websites?
Rather than being prescriptive, the IPM guidelines use a problem-solving approach, drawing on the available pest management tools within a specific crop at various stages of crop development. Relevant regional differences are also included.
The content has been kept simple and easy to navigate. Each crop page highlights the relative risk of pest attack as the crop grows, and provides a list of pests that are potentially damaging. Pest pages focus on management tactics for each crop stage, including ‘off season’ operations and planning. Images are included to assist with identification of pests and beneficials.
An extensive collection of supporting material is available both on the site and via external links. The website is a comprehensive source of information about IPM in grains, including both traditional and novel methods of pest management, and will be a valuable decision making tool for pest management in grains throughout Australia.
Visit the site at http://ipmguidelinesforgrains.com.au or click onto the image above. To provide feedback on this website, click on suggestions and comments at the bottom of the page.
The IPM guidelines for grains website was funded by the National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI), which is supported by growers and the Australian Federal Government through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).