PestFax is an interactive service covering diseases and pests threatening crops and pastures throughout the grain belt of Western Australia.
Regular news updates during the growing season provide farmers with advice on what plant diseases and insect pests are currently posing a risk to their crops and pastures.
PestFax has been operating since 1996. A large network of farmers, field agronomists, consultants and industry specialists provide weekly input into PestFax. This interactive input ensures that the best diagnostic and control methods are recommended to farmers and industry.
PestFax can be obtained by sending a request to PestFax@dpird.wa.gov.au for free subscription.
PestFax encourages readers to contribute news and comment on all issues including localised or unusual pests and diseases in broadacre farming.
DPIRD's PestFax team is the WA service provider for the GRDC co-funded IPMforGrains: Best Practice Insect Pest Management project.
This project is a national grains pest (and disease for WA) identification, extension and education initiative that will use available monitoring data to accurately identify pest problems and provide timely and independent management options for growers and advisers. Other project partners include; cesar (project lead), Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF), New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and South Australia Research and Development Institute (SARDI).
The PestFax map allows users to view maps of insect and disease reports over recent weeks and past years. It allows a review of the last 18 years of PestFax reports to compare seasonal variation between years, months or within any desired time period.
PestFax reporter app
You can now report crop pests, diseases, weeds or other damage directly from the paddock using the PestFax reporter app on your smart phone. For more information visit the PestFax reporter app page.
Insecticide spray charts
Documents that summarise registered insecticides for canola, lupins and cereals are available in the documents section on this page or at the Insecticide spray guides for crops in Western Australia page.
- 15 April 2020 Presentation: Pre-season invertebrate messages for the western region, DPIRD entomologists Dr Dustin Severtson and Svetlana Micic, plus PestFax newsletter editor Cindy Webster. PowerPoint presentation.
- 6 May 2020 Presentation: Foliar disease surveillance and risk outlooks for the 2020 season. DPIRD plant pathologists Ciara Beard and Geoff Thomas. PowerPoint presentation.
- 21 July 2020 Presentation: Identifying insects in canola crops in spring. DPIRD entomologist Dr Dustin Severtson and PestFax newsletter editor Cindy Webster. PowerPoint presentation.
- 28 July 2020 Presentation: Identifying insects in pulse crops in spring. DPIRD entomologist Svetlana Micic and PestFax newsletter editor Cindy Webster. PowerPoint presentation.
I SPY: Insects of Southern Australian Broadacre Farming Systems Identification Manual and Education Resource
This book is a comprehensive resource manual for farmers and advisers covering basic taxonomy, important insect groups and identification keys, and descriptions of common species, as well as information on monitoring, integrated pest management (IPM) principles and biosecurity. To download the free manual visit GRDC’s Insects of Southern Australian Broadacre Farming Systems Identification Manual and Education Resource 2nd Edition.
Free insect identification
Having troubles identifying mites or other pests? Send in your digital pictures to the contacts below or send live specimens in a non-crushable plastic jar for free identification to Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, 444 Albany Hwy, Albany WA 6330, attention to Svetlana Micic.
Or you can also mail live specimens to Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, 75 York Road, Northam WA 6401, attention to Dusty Severtson.