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Hands-on tips for managing early season canola pests

A series of two-part workshops will offer NSW growers and advisers tips and tactics for identifying, monitoring and managing early season pests in canola. Photo GRDC.
A series of two-part workshops will offer NSW growers and advisers tips and tactics for identifying, monitoring and managing early season pests in canola. Photo GRDC.

New South Wales growers and advisers will be offered practical tips for identifying, monitoring and managing early season canola pests to maximise crop establishment at a series of practical workshops being held later in February 2019 and through March 2019.

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 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 2019 – Croppa Creek
March 4 2019 – Dunedoo
March 5 2019 – Gunnedah
March 6 2019 – Trangie
March 7 2019 – Wellington
March 12 2019 – Parkes
March 13 2019 – Condobolin
March 14 2019 – Cowra
March 18 2019 – Wallendbeen
March 20 2019 – Barellan
March 21 2019 – West Wyalong
March 26 2019 – Lockhart
March 27 2019 – Corowa
March 28 2019 – Deniliquin

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

For more information contact Phil Bowden phil@bowdenrural.com or 0427 201 946.

Source: GRDC

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