Control methods

Pests, weeds and diseases (pests) pose serious risk for primary producers as they can impact on market access and agricultural production. Pest control is best achieved with an Integrated Pest Management plan using a range of biological, chemical, mechanical, physical or cultural control methods.

To reduce the impacts of pests, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development:

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

For advice on control methods search our website or contact our Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS).

Articles

  • Phytophthora root rot is the most common soil-borne disease causing plant death in native cutflower production.

  • Herbicides are extensively used to control declared plants.

  • Pesticide-treated seed and structural treatments to grain storage and handling areas may leave chemical residues in cereals, pulses and oilseeds unless managed effectively. Treated grain storage an

  • The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has amended the registration of 2,4-D High Volatile Ester (HVE) herbicides.

  • If azalea foliage or flowers are being spoiled by lace bug or petal blight, preventative action – taken at the right time of year – can ease the problem.

  • Emerging leaves are distorted and discoloured; leaf blades become cupped and crinkly

    Glyphosate is a systemic knockdown herbicide that is used extensively for brown fallow, summer weed or pre-seeding weed control, or selective weed control in glyphosate resistant crops.

  • Uniformly affected plants with pale leaf blotches

    Group F herbicides are registered for selective control of wild radish, wild mustard and wild turnip in cereals, legume crops and legume pastures. Canola is less affected than brassica weeds

  • Various insects, nematodes and mite pests can damage tomato crops in the home garden and nematodes, russet mites and budworms can be especially destructive. The plants can be damaged at all stages

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