Pests, weeds & diseases

Pests, weeds and diseases pose a serious risk for primary producers as they can impact on market access and agricultural production.

To reduce the impact of pests, weeds and diseases, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia:

  • works with landholders, grower groups, community groups and biosecurity groups.
  • provides diagnostic services and information on prevention, management and treatment.
  • provides biosecurity and quarantine measures to prevent introduction, and to eradicate or manage current pests.

If you need advice on pests, weeds and diseases please search our website, the Western Australian Organism List or contact our Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS).

For diagnostic services, please contact our AGWEST Plant Laboratories or Animal Health Laboratories.

Articles

  • 15 November 2016

    One-off soil inversion results in the complete burial of the water repellent topsoil in a layer typically at a depth of 15-35cm, and brings to the surface a layer of wettable subsoil.

  • 9 December 2016

    Herbicides play a vital role in integrated weed management programs.

  • 9 December 2016

    Herbicides can be applied by a variety of means including boom sprayers, aerial spraying, misters, blanket wipers, rope wick applicators, weed seekers and back-pack sprayers.

  • 9 December 2016

    Annual ryegrass (Lolium rigidum) is one of the most serious and costly weeds of annual winter cropping systems in southern Australia.

  • 25 October 2016

    Barley grass is a common name for Hordeum glaucum and H. leporinum.

  • 1 August 2016

    Herbicide resistance is the inherited ability of an individual plant to survive a herbicide application that would kill a normal population of the same species.

  • 9 December 2016

    Windmill grass (Chloris truncata) is a native species and is the tenth most common summer weed species in the Western Australian wheatbelt.

  • 9 December 2016

    ‘Risk-aware’ growers can implement strategies to reduce and avoid unnecessary introduction and spread of weeds.

  • 16 September 2016

    Silver grass is an annual grass occurring in both cropping and grazing regions across Australia. There are several species, the most common being Vulpia myuros and V. bromoides.

  • 25 October 2016

    The Weed Seed Wizard is a computer simulation tool that uses paddock management information to predict weed emergence and crop losses.

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