This publication is designed as a diagnostic tool to assist rice growers, advisors, as well as the industry in south eastern Australia to identify relevant pest, disease and weed issues that are encountered in rice crops in the region. It also contains a quick guide to the potential industry threats.
Straighthead is a ‘physiological’ disorder of rice which causes floret sterility and reduced grain yield. The symptoms are only obvious at panicle emergence and it is often confused with cold induced sterility, particularly in less severe cases.
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.