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The border controls outlined below for Johne’s disease (JD) susceptible stock entering Western Australia will be implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) on behalf of the WA Cattle Ind

WA horticulture industries are well positioned to capture the growing demand and opportunities in the overseas market. However knowing the strength and weakness of each industry and addressing the issues is important in capitalising on this opportunity.

Protecting WA Crops Issue 3 June 2017

Inside this edition: Aphids, WA's insect problem children

Each month the Protecting WA Crops eNewsletter will focus on a single topic to provide you with comprehensive information that will help you to protect WA grain crops from these threats.

Seasonal Climate Outlook June 2017

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s Statistical Seasonal Forecast (SSF) system is indicating below median rainfall for the majority of the South-West Land Division (which includes the wheatbelt) for winter (June to August) and June to October 2017.

Yield potential of crops emerging in June can still be reasonable depending on location and seasonal conditions.

Delayed sowing (especially into June) can have a significant impact on yield potential compared to crops sown into moist soil in May.

This web page provides a summary of the key points about how the Johne's Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) applies to Western Australian cattle producers. For a printable version, see the Documents link.

Tar vine (Boerhavia coccinea) is found throughout Australia, with the exception of Tasmania. It is a common summer weed species, and like most summer weeds it depletes soil moisture and nutrients, reducing the yield potential of the subsequent crop.

The Department of Agriculture and Food received a report via the MyPestGuide Reporter app in April 2017 of an insect which has been identified as Sycamore lace bug Corythucha ciliata. This is the first time it has been detected in Western Australia.

Tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) is an exotic plant pest which feeds on tomato, potato, capsicum, chilli, goji berry, tamarillo, eggplant as well as sweet potato, leading to loss of plant vigor and yield.

A Quarantine Area Notice (QAN) is in place to direct the movement and treatment of specified commercially-produced fruit, vegetables and seedlings to contain and control the tomato potato psyllid (TPP). The QAN can be downloaded from this page.

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