Crop diseases: forecasts and management

Information is provided here to assist management of diseases and viruses that occur in broadacre crops grown in Western Australia - cereals (wheat, barley, oats and triticale), pulses (field pea, chickpea, faba bean, lentil), canola and lupins. Links will assist navigation of the crop disease information, disease forecasts and publications available on the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) website.

Services and resources available to assist with disease forecasts, disease occurrence and identification

Crop disease forecasts

From an understanding of the biology of key plant pathogens it is possible to estimate the risks associated with particular diseases in key crops in Western Australia and Southern Australia. Research undertaken by the department and collaborators from southern Australia has been used to develop tools to allow risk assessments to be made in the lead up to the cropping season.

PestFax

PestFax is a free weekly informative and interactive reporting service during the growing season. It provides risk alerts, current information and advice on pests and diseases threatening crops and pastures throughout the grain belt of Western Australia during each growing season. Subscribe and view the latest newsletter on the Pestfax page.

The PestFax map allows users to report pest and disease finds and view historic maps of past insect and disease reports.

Diagnosis tools and services

Correct diagnosis is crucial for successful management of crop diseases. DDLS - Plant pathology services  provides a wide range of chargeable services to assist with identification of crop foliar diseases, viruses, nematodes and root diseases. These include plant disease diagnostics (on leaves, whole plants, roots and soil), seed disease testing and weed and insect identification.

Refer to the DDLS - Plant pathology services  page for more information and to request submission forms, sampling and postage instructions. For more information refer to  How to take a plant sample YouTube video.

The MyCrop app is available to assist you to correctly diagnose a constraint in your crop yourself. For more information refer to How to diagnose crop constraints YouTube video, or visit the MyCrop page to download the MyCrop app.

Plant disease diagnosis by DAFWA's AGWEST Plant Laboratories

Green bridge, seasonal outlook and fungicide registrations

Control of volunteer crops and weeds that come up over summer and being aware of the seasonal outlook are important for good disease management. It is also important to know which fungicide product is registered for which crop and disease in WA.

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Contact information

Ciara Beard
+61 (0)8 9956 8504
Geoff.j Thomas
+61 (0)8 9368 3262
Kithsiri Jayasena
+61 (0)8 9892 8477
Jean Galloway
+61 (0)8 9690 2172
Daniel Huberli
+61 (0)8 9368 3836
Brenda Coutts
+61 (0)8 9368 3266
Ravjit Khangura
+61 (0)8 9368 3374
Andrea Hills
+61 (0)8 9083 1144
Sarah Collins
+61 (0)8 9368 3612
Page last updated: Thursday, 1 September 2016 - 3:50pm