PestFax is an informative and interactive reporting service on pests and diseases threatening crops and pastures throughout the grain belt of WA. Weekly news updates throughout the growing season provide readers with risk alerts, current information and advice.

PestFax Issue 26, 19 October 2018

Green peach aphids are causing some concern in advanced canola crops
Native budworm moth activity. Trapping has finished for the season
Snails are active in crops down south
Clean augers, field bins and silos prevent insects contaminating grain
Alternaria blackspot and...

PestFax Issue 25, 12 October 2018

Aphid numbers have surged recently
Native budworm caterpillar and moth activity
Fusarium crown rot in barley and wheat
Sclerotinia stem rot in lupins. Tips for minimising the impact on harvested grain quality and planning for next season

PestFax Issue 24, 5 October 2018

Native budworm moth update
Barley and wheat disease update
Fasciation found in canola

PestFax Issue 23, 28 September 2018

Aphids are active in canola, lupins, vetches and lentils
Diamondback moth activity update
Native budworm caterpillar activity and moth trapping
Redlegged earth mite activity update
Upper canopy blackleg infection in canola is prevalent across WA
After recent frost events...

PestFax Issue 22, 21 September 2018

Redlegged earth mites are damaging advanced crops. Timerite® can assist with spring control
Native budworm moth flights are increasing in numbers and distribution
Powdery mildew found in canola


PestFax Issue 21, 14 September 2018

Canola aphid activity update
Native budworm moths
Sclerotinia stem rot is being found in canola and lupins and apothecia has dried up in some locations
A variety of diseases are being found in barley crops
Wheat disease update

PestFax Issue 20, 7 September 2018

Aphids and beneficial insects are active in crops
Vegetable beetles may cause damage to crops on warm days
Diamondback moth activity update
Native budworm moth activity and trapping update

PestFax Issue 19, 24 August 2018

Diamondback moth caterpillars
Native budworm trapping update
Both net blotches are being found in barley
Sclerotinia stem rot in canola and lupins
Rhizoctonia bare patches and root lesion nematode activity are visible in cereal crops in the eastern wheatbelt

PestFax Issue 18, 17 August 2018

Aphid numbers are expected to keep increasing with warmer weather but beneficial insects and fungus may also be present
Native budworm activity and trapping update
Omethoate (Le-Mat) reinstated for use in grain crops with some restrictions
More reports of sclerotinia apothecia and...

PestFax Issue 17, 10 August 2018

WA’s native budworm moth trapping program will be boosted with use of automated and manual traps this season
Are you monitoring for diamondback moth caterpillars in your canola?
Lucerne flea are continuing to damage some young crops
Sclerotinia basal infection found in Northampton...