Posts in Crop Protection
Farm Biosecurity Action Planner for the Rice Industry

The best defence against pests, diseases and weeds on your farm is to implement sound biosecurity practices. Quick and simple measures can easily be built into everyday practices that will help protect your farm and your future. The purpose of this farm biosecurity planner is to help you identify the biosecurity risks on your farm and provide guidance on how to address them. By developing an action plan you will be able to identify and prioritise biosecurity practices relevant to your property.

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Armyworms in rice

The common armyworm Leucania convecta (Mythimna convecta) was a localised and sporadic pest of rice until the 2011/12 rice season, but since that time it has become a much more consistent and widespread problem, particularly in the Murray Valley.

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Spray drift damage - What do you do now?

You suspect your rice crop has spray drift damage - What do you do now?

For growers, the impact of spray drift of herbicides is of major concern due to the loss of production, loss of income and a reduction in profitability. The impact on the environment and contamination of the harvested grain in the market place may also be of significance.

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Stem Rot alert

Stem rot is caused by the fungus Sclerotium oryzae and has recently been found causing some damage in isolated areas. Stem rot occurs in very low levels across all regions in most years, for some reason the stem rot is severe in some years in isolated areas.

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What a pest

What a pest!

The biggest impediment to crop establishment in flooded rice fields (aerial seeded and dry broadcast) is bloodworms and aquatic snails. These two pests can have a large economic impact on the crop by reducing plant population and/or delays in establishment and maturity leading to reduced yields.

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