Sustainable soil management workshop

May 16th, 2024|

Earlier this year, the Soil Wealth ICP, PotatoLink, and VegNET teams collaborated to bring an event to Queensland’s Wide Bay-Burnett region, highlighting the benefits of sustainable soil management. Growers met near Bundaberg for an afternoon of presentations led by soil health expert Dr Kelvin Montagu. Kelvin’s informal presentations encouraged open conversation with growers, who could relate the content directly to their own applied contexts. Many attendees shared their experience with the group, with some growers indicating they would adopt cover cropping, or change the way they use cover crops. Key topics discussed included: Rotations: Discussions explored the role of crop...

Mastering soil-borne diseases in Adelaide

May 15th, 2024|

The two-day Soil Wealth ICP Soil-Borne Disease Masterclass was held in Adelaide from May 8-9 with a targeted focus on vegetable and onion growers, advisors and industry members. The masterclass was delivered by a team...

Cover crops part of the carbon story in Victoria

March 13th, 2024|

Our Tarwin demonstration site in South Gippsland, Victoria is focused on maintaining soil carbon in a clay loam greenfield site which is gradually being converted from pasture to a vegetable production system rotation (predominantly celery,...

Promoting soil health at WA melons roadshow

March 13th, 2024|

Soil Wealth ICP team member Umberto Calvo joined a team of experts on the recent melons roadshow in Western Australia. The roadshow, organised by Melons Australia and funded through the Hort Innovation Melon Fund, visited...

Beneficials flock to IPM demo site

February 21st, 2024|

A greenhouse capsicum producer in South Australia’s Northern Adelaide Plains is hosting a Soil Wealth ICP demonstration trial across two production sites. To support their integrated pest management (IPM) program, native insectaries were planted along...

Trials underway at the Mildura demonstration site

December 13th, 2023|

Addressing industry concerns about reducing plastic and embracing sustainable practices, the first trial at the melon demonstration site in Mildura is underway and focusing on the use of barley straw as an alternative to plastic...

NSW’s Riverina to host second melon demo site

November 15th, 2023|

Rombola Family Farms in Griffith, New South Wales, has become the second melon demonstration site for the Soil Wealth ICP project. The farm produces rockmelons, watermelons and honeydew melons in the fertile Riverina region. This...

Native insectaries planted at Virginia, SA

November 15th, 2023|

The new Soil Wealth ICP demonstration site at Virginia in the Northern Adelaide Plains is off and running with native insectary sites planted on 19 October. The trial aims to attract predators of greenhouse vegetable...

Mildura makes way for melon demo site

October 11th, 2023|

The Soil Wealth ICP team has started to set up the first melon demonstration site for the project, hosted by Dawson Melon Co. in Red Cliffs, Victoria. The first trial will focus on the use...

Pea production in focus at new Tas demo site

September 14th, 2023|

A new Soil Wealth ICP vegetable demonstration site has been confirmed in Tasmania’s Midlands. Hosted by Simplot Australia, the Soil Wealth ICP team will work closely with Simplot agronomists and VegNET Tasmania to establish how...

Bathurst growers prepare for winter cover crops

August 9th, 2023|

In April 2023 several growers and agronomists from the Bathurst region of New South Wales joined the Soil Wealth ICP team for a cover crop coaching clinic, delivered by Dr Kelvin Montagu. As many...

Exploring soil biology: A masterclass

July 20th, 2023|

Soil biology, with its vast complexity and diversity across regions, delivers many key functions to soil. It is influenced by farming practices, climate and soil conditions. Soil chemistry and the soils’ physical condition interact with...

Tackling the tough issue of on-farm waste

July 9th, 2023|

Vegetable and melon growers know that managing on-farm waste – whether it's organic, plastic or workshop waste – is a key issue that needs to be addressed to build a sustainable business. Two national...

New demo sites confirmed for Victoria

July 9th, 2023|

The Soil Wealth ICP team has been busy setting up a new network of demonstration sites around the country for the next five years. This will include 10 vegetable sites, aligned with VegNET regions,...

Using soil health to manage soil borne disease risk

April 9th, 2023|

On 16 February, Soil Wealth ICP team member Doris Blaesing attended the Nutrien Ag Solutions South-East Agronomy Conference in Melbourne to present on soil borne disease management in vegetable crops. The conference spanned two...

Getting more value from fertiliser

January 1st, 2023|

For applied fertiliser to be efficiently used by the plant, the pre-requisites are that the plant must have a healthy root system; the soil structure is optimised to hold and deliver water and nutrients...

Stay in control of diamondback moth this season

November 2nd, 2022|

Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella, DBM) is a major pest of brassica crops in Australia and elsewhere in the world and has an ability to rapidly develop resistance to insecticides. In the late 1940s it...

Big 6 + 3 for managing herbicide resistance

September 20th, 2022|

In irrigated crops, especially in high rainfall areas with long cool wet seasons, managing weeds can be challenging. Integrated weed management will lead to more effective control of weeds, particularly over the longer term. WeedSmart’s Big...

Maximising IPM practices in protected cropping

September 9th, 2022|

On 17 August, a group of vegetable growers and industry members visited Family Fresh Farms in Peats Ridge, New South Wales, for a Soil Wealth ICP event focusing on how growers can incorporate integrated...

IPM in practice: A new approach to release beneficials

July 9th, 2022|

The slow-release of predatory mites using sachet technology is being trialled in Australia to improve commercial integrated pest management (IPM) practices. Biological Services, a commercial insectary and beneficial insect provider based in South Australia,...

An update from our Sydney Basin demonstration site

May 9th, 2022|

At our Sydney Basin demonstration site in Wedderburn, grower Kim Ngov has transitioned from a successful inter-row ryegrass program to now growing high seeding rates of ryegrass as ground cover, in replacement of plastic mulch....

Soil CRC shines the spotlight on soil health

April 9th, 2022|

“A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”  This may have been written in 1937, but former United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words continue to ring true today. Underperforming agricultural soils cost Australian...

Supporting the next generation of Tassie researchers

March 9th, 2022|

In 2021, Soil Wealth ICP team members Doris Blaesing and Donna Lucas shared their expertise with a group of students from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, who were conducting a trial on the effectiveness...

The regenerative agriculture approach at Kalfresh

December 10th, 2021|

After 30 years of growing vegetables in southern Queensland, Rob Hinrichsen is well placed to assess the impact of soil health on his farming operation. Rob founded vegetable production and packing company Kalfresh with...

Pest and disease management in focus at SA workshop

April 10th, 2021|

On Thursday 25 March 2021, AUSVEG, PIRSA and RMCG held a pest and disease management workshop at Sneaky’s Restaurant in Angle Vale, Adelaide, as part of the AUSVEG Peri-Urban Biosecurity Pilot Program. With approximately...

Integrated weed management – Oxalis (Oxalis spp.)

February 20th, 2021|

There are about 30 oxalis species in Australia, including soursob and creeping oxalis, which are discussed here. Preventing the spread of underground bulbs and seeds is critical for control of soursob and creeping oxalis...

Weathering the storm with precision ag

January 10th, 2021|

As the cost of production continues to rise and water quality becomes an increasing issue for vegetable growers across the country, precision agriculture technologies could play a key role in helping growers make more...

Sustainable vegetable production in Australia: What’s next?

November 10th, 2020|

An increased awareness of the impact of some long-standing farming practices and community expectations, combined with a greater interest and understanding of alternative systems and products has contributed to the evolution of sustainable vegetable...

Cover crop demonstration trial results – Tasmania

October 10th, 2020|

In February 2020, six cover crop demonstration sites were planted in the lead-up to the Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group's Precision Ag Expo. Over the course of two months, the growth of these cover crops...

Get prepared: Irrigation scheduling tips for summer

September 10th, 2020|

As the weather begins to warm up and we look towards the summer growing season, it’s a good time to prepare for your upcoming irrigation requirements. SWAN Systems is an irrigation and crop nutrition management...

Reference Guide for IrriSAT

July 10th, 2020|

IrriSAT is a decision support tool to assist irrigators with irrigation water management. The IrriSAT methodology aims to be as simple as possible (in order to limit the number of inputs and parameters required),...

Cover crops for weed suppression in snow peas

July 10th, 2020|

Figure 1. Inter-row ryegrass cover crop and snow pea on trellis (July 2020) Kim Ngov grows vegetables near Campbelltown NSW, a south-eastern suburb of Sydney. Many of his crops, including snake beans, cucumber and...

Pink rot fact sheet

April 15th, 2020|

Pink rot of potato is an important soil-borne storage disease of potatoes worldwide. It is caused by the fungus Phytophthora erythroseptica and sometimes by P. cryptogea. Pink rot infection is often associated with secondary...

Fungicides and Fungicide Resistance

September 26th, 2019|

There are about 30 oxalis species in Australia, including soursob and creeping oxalis, which are discussed here. Preventing the spread of underground bulbs and seeds is critical for control of soursob and creeping oxalis...

Irrigation water quality for vegetables

September 15th, 2019|

When irrigating vegetable crops, the use of poor water quality can affect both the crop and soil in which the plants are growing. Water analysis is a valuable tool for determining potential or existing...

Using recycled water for vegetables

September 13th, 2019|

Recycled water is used in nearly all Australian states for vegetable production. Recycled water irrigation schemes offer a number of benefits. Need to know more about irrigating with recycled water? Then check out this...

Beet cyst nematode on vegetables

August 31st, 2019|

Beet cyst nematode (Heterodera schachtii) can cause considerable yield loss to brassicas, beets, rhubarb and spinach. The nematode severely damages root systems, especially during the summer months. Beet cyst nematode also infects many common...

Precision Agriculture Tasmanian RD&E project

August 31st, 2019|

The Precision Agriculture (PA) Project was an on-farm research, demonstration and extension project funded by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment under the Cultivating Prosperity: A 2050 Vision for Agriculture...

Precision agriculture in vegetable production

August 17th, 2019|

Precision agriculture (PA) technologies have been widely adopted throughout various agricultural industries in Australia, but what exactly is PA, and what benefits can it provide the Australian vegetable industry? This fact sheet provides information...

Clubroot: a Galling Disease

April 22nd, 2019|

Clubroot is one of the most destructive diseases of brassicas globally. Although it was detected in Australia as early as the 1890s, Plasmodiophora brassicae, the pathogen that produces clubroot, caused widespread loss during the...

Managing the risk of redback spiders in broccoli crops

October 31st, 2018|

Since 2016 there have been numerous customer complaints about redback spiders (Latrodectus hasselti) in broccoli. Complaints have mainly come between January and June, and from customers in all Australian states. This suggests that this...

Farm trial design: what to consider

September 20th, 2018|

Trialling different management practices, technologies or varieties on-farm is a great way to 'road test' the change before implementing at a larger scale. Read this fact sheet for further guidance on planning, choosing sites...

Managing fusarium diseases in vegetable crops

August 31st, 2018|

Fusarium is a genus of common soilborne fungi. Most live as saprophytes on decaying plant matter while a few are also important plant pathogens. While there are many different pathogenic Fusarium species, some of...

Sclerotinia rot of vegetable crops

July 31st, 2018|

Sclerotinia rot is also known as white mould, cottony rot, drop of lettuce and nesting of beans after harvest. Sclerotinia rot can also cause significant yield losses during cropping and as a post-harvest disease....

Sclerotinia rot of green beans

July 31st, 2018|

Sclerotinia rot, also known as white mould, is one of the major diseases of green beans in Australia. Sclerotinia rot can cause significant yield losses during the cropping season as well as post-harvest damage....

Irrigation Management in Sweet Corn

July 18th, 2018|

Sweet corn has a high water requirement. The most sensitive growth stages (3–5) are also when crop water usage is at its highest, increasing by more than 400% over a few weeks. This rapid...

Spinach Crown Mite

December 17th, 2017|

Spinach crown mites live in the topsoil; they thrive in a cool, moist environment. They feed mainly on partly decomposed organic material and on fungi living off decomposing material. They also feed on young...

Biopesticides in Australia

November 21st, 2017|

Biopesticides are a diverse group of pest control products based on naturally occurring biochemicals, minerals and microbes. They generally have very low toxicity to humans and are sustainable with minimal environmental impacts. Many can...

Damping off in spinach

July 21st, 2017|

Issues with damping off in spinach? This useful fact sheet provides an overview of the symptoms and conditions that favour different pathogens causing damping off such as Pythium spp, Phytophthora spp, Fusarium spp and Rhizoctonia...

Adjuvants: A guide to oils, surfactants and other additives

December 1st, 2016|

Adjuvants are additives that enhance or modify the action of a chemical. They are commonly classified into broad categories including oils, surfactants, buffers, acidifiers and fertiliser adjuvants. Adjuvants can modify how a chemical forms,...

Managing Onion Maggot in vegetables

October 1st, 2016|

Onion Maggot (Delia platura), also known as seed corn maggot, is an agricultural pest that damages seeds and seedlings in a wide range of crops including corn, beans, onions, garlic, brassicas, potatoes and spinach....

Brassica whitefly control in vegetables

July 1st, 2016|

Brassica whitefly (Aleyrodes proletella) is a pest of crops in the brassica family. This insect is not restricted to brassicas, although it prefers them. Its host range includes cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, kale and Asian...

Reducing transplant shock in lettuce

May 31st, 2016|

Transplant shock is a check in growth that can occur when seedlings are transplanted from the seedling tray into the field. Stresses due to root damage, changed environment or water stress can all contribute...

Management of blindness in lettuce seedlings

May 31st, 2016|

Blindness occurs when the main apical shoot or growing tip of the lettuce is lost during the seedling’s early growth. It is also sometimes called multiple heading or apical meristem decline. This fact sheet covers key information,...

Pre-harvest effects on lettuce quality

April 24th, 2016|

Lettuce is an important horticultural crop in Australia, with an annual production over 160 million tonnes and a total gross value of $140 million. Lettuce is regularly purchased by 80% of consumers in Australia....

Management of Lettuce Anthracnose

February 1st, 2016|

Anthracnose is a foliage disease of lettuce that causes significant crop losses in iceberg, cos and babyleaf lettuce. It is an intermittent disease in Australia, driven mainly by extended periods of wet weather, particularly...

Weed management in vegetables

December 14th, 2015|

The growth of weeds in vegetable production systems is enhanced by soil disturbance, irrigation and the application of fertilisers. Weeds harbour many vegetable diseases, nematodes, mites and insects, especially aphids and thrips that transmit...

Slug control using Integrated Pest Management

December 6th, 2015|

In the higher rainfall zones, slugs in vegetable production systems can be a problem. As no single control method will provide complete protection, an integrated approach is best. Read this useful fact sheet to...

White Blister

December 5th, 2015|

This vegenote provides useful information on how to identify white blister and options for managing the disease. Download file

Internal rot in capsicum: Causes and control

October 10th, 2015|

The disease normally starts when fungi infect the flowers or young fruit. These latent infections lie dormant as the fruit develops. Once the fruit starts to ripen, the disease develops rapidly, leaving no sign...

Managing Insect Contaminants

September 4th, 2015|

This best practice guide summarises the key findings of a project conducted by Applied Horticultural Research and Harvest Fresh Cuts. The focus of this project was to find ways to control contaminants and assess...

Managing Pesticide Resistance

July 1st, 2015|

Want to regain control over chemical-resistant pests? Aiming to reduce costs while meeting quality assurance requirements? The Integrated Crop Protection (ICP) extension team has developed a fact sheet to help you manage pesticide resistance....

Insect pests of cucurbit vegetables

June 8th, 2015|

Cucurbits include watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins, squash, bitter melons, gourds, and hairy melons. Cucurbits are warm weather crops which are sown, grown and harvested over spring, summer and autumn. Insect pests can do damage...

Alternatives to Metham Sodium

June 7th, 2015|

Sole reliance on fumigants like Metham Sodium often changes soil conditions and reduces inherent disease suppressive soil properties, reinforcing continued reliance on fumigation to deal with soilborne diseases, pests and weeds. Download file ...

Powdery mildew – a new disease of carrots

June 5th, 2015|

Powdery mildew has been found on a carrot crops in three states of Australia. The first finding of the disease was in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) of New South Wales in 2007. It...

Thrips in green beans

June 3rd, 2015|

This fact sheet contains information on the identification and management of thrips in green beans. Download file

Managing Sclerotinia Diseases in Vegetables

May 10th, 2015|

Researchers at DPI Vic, Peracto Pty Ltd, TIAR/UTAS and Qld DEEDI have worked together to investigate and develop multiple management options for Sclerotinia, using lettuce and green bean as model crops, The long term...