Hands-on tips for managing early season canola pests

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New South Wales growers and advisers will be offered practical tips for identifying, monitoring and managing early season canola pests to maximise crop establishment is on offer as a two-part series of practical workshops being held in February and March.

An investment of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) with assistance from FarmLink, Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF), NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services the workshop series will use technical information supplied by CESAR and be presented by a team of experienced entomologists and agronomists.

Phil Bowden from FarmLink/AOF said the two-part workshop series had been designed to help growers and advisers effectively manage early season canola pests.

“The first workshop will focus on pre-season pest management activities including monitoring and identifying potential early season pests and what management options growers should consider at planting,” Mr Bowden said.

“The follow-up event will look at ways to evaluate the impact pro-active monitoring and management can have on canola establishment and growth.

“These workshops will assist those working in the paddock to identify the range of pests and natural enemies they will encounter in canola growing areas of NSW, monitoring techniques and information about Best Management Practices (BMPs).”

Topics covered will include: insect identification, monitoring options, management tactics and paddock walk risk assessment. Growers and advisers who attend will also receive a Best Management Practices Guide.

Events will be held at the following locations:

  • February 28 – Croppa Creek
  • March 4 – Dunedoo
  • March 5 – Gunnedah
  • March 6 – Trangie
  • March 7 – Wellington
  • March 12 – Parkes
  • March 13 – Condobolin
  • March 14 – Cowra
  • March 18 – Wallendbeen
  • March 20 – Barellan
  • March 21 – West Wyalong
  • March 26 – Lockhart
  • March 27 – Corowa
  • March 28 – Deniliquin

Dates for the follow-up events at each location will be set once the season is underway.

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