Providing practical information to help you protect your farm from biosecurity risks

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Myrtle rust is here to stay, so be prepared

March 16, 2012

Rust diseases are quite common in Australian agriculture, with the grains industry being constantly on alert for the seasonal disease risks and trying to stay one step ahead by planting the latest resistant varieties. But one recent exotic rust disease is causing concern in industries that have not previously had to worry about them. Myrtle […] Read more
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Room for improvement in agronomists’ biosecurity practices

March 9, 2012

A recent survey of agronomists and consultants servicing the Victorian grains industry showed that while they have a good level of knowledge about the exotic plant pest threats faced by the industry, they are not putting into place simple biosecurity practices that could prevent the spread of pests from property to property. The online study […] Read more
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Victorian duck disease incident brings biosecurity to the fore

March 1, 2012

An outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a duck farm west of Melbourne in January underlines how important effective on-farm biosecurity is in preventing disease in livestock. The outbreak was quickly contained and eradicated through coordinated action by government and industry. Nevertheless several countries have since placed bans on some poultry products from Victoria, […] Read more
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Phosphine-resistant grain insects eliminated

February 13, 2012

The application of commonly recommended management principles has eradicated a strain of grain-storage insects with strong phosphine resistance located on a Western Australian farm. The achievement – involving more than three years of treatment and monitoring followed by a final check of the site – was made by Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) […] Read more

Minimising spray drift

January 27, 2012

Many farmers use a chemical spray to control pests or weeds on their property. Apart from health concerns about exposure to chemicals, one potential issue is the off-target movement (spray drift) of herbicides and pesticides onto nearby plants or susceptible areas. Read more