Crop disease forecast

Crop Disease Forecast is a weekly, location- and season-specific estimate of risk for certain crop diseases during the cropping season and, for some diseases, offers management practices to avoid potential yield loss.

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Who this tool is for

Grain growers in Western Australia and the southern grain-producing regions of Australia.

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Questions this tool answers

  • What is the risk of crop loss due to this disease?
  • What steps can I take to manage this disease?

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Diseases and crops this tool covers

Fungal diseases:

  • canola blackleg
  • cereal rust
  • field pea blackspot
  • lupin anthracnose

Viral diseases:

  • barley yellow dwarf virus
  • canola beet western yellows virus
  • lupin bean yellow mosaic virus
  • lupin cucumber mosaic virus

Crops included in the risk forecasts:

  • cereals (wheat, barley, oats and triticale)
  • pulses (field pea, chickpea, faba bean, lentil)
  • canola
  • lupins.

 

What this tool does

Crop Disease Forecast estimates the risk of certain crop diseases during the cropping season for specific locations. For some diseases, it offers management practices to avoid potential yield losses.

Each weekly forecast, where relevant, accounts for varietal resistance, chemical options, agronomic yield potentials and losses, agronomic constraints (frost and terminal drought), risks of spore showers, disease severity and disease-related yield losses.

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Inputs

No inputs from you are required.

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Outputs

A disease forecast report may include, for each location:

  • forecast risk in tables (Figure 1) or maps (Figure 2)
  • estimated severity or spore maturity
  • sowing guide
  • rainfall to date and stubble moisture
  • suggested management practices

Crop disease forecast tool shot - Field pea blackspot mment guide June 2014

Crop disease forecast tool shot - Blackleg spore maturity map June 2014 

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Reliability

The forecasts are updated regularly as part of ongoing research projects by the Grains Research & Development Corporation and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia. 

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History

The forecasts are provided by projects funded by the Grains Research & Development Corporation and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia since 2005.

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Support available

The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia offers support to primary producers and consultants:

Web: Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia

General enquiries email: enquiries@agric.wa.gov.au

Phone:  AgLine 1300 725 572

 

Crop disease enquiries can be addressed to:

Dr Kawsar Salam

Email: kawsar.salam@agric.wa.gov.au

Phone: 08 9368 3104

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Where to get it

Online at the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia.

 

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Cost

Free

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