Farm Management

2021 fungicide resistance webinar for northern region

Dr Steven Simpfendorfer, NSW DPI

Grain growers, agronomists and farm advisers in Queensland and New South Wales will be able to get the latest fungicide resistance news from regional experts.

A webinar delivered by the Australian Fungicide Resistance Extension Network (AFREN) will be streamed on Wednesday, August 18 2021 from 1.30pm AEST.

The event will focus on recent fungicide resistance developments and issues in the northern growing region and will be presented by Dr Steven Simpfendorfer from the NSW Department of Primary Industry (NSW DPI) and Dr Levente Kiss, Director of the Centre for Crop Health, University of Southern Queensland.

Dr Simpfendorfer says fungicide resistance is an important threat to crop protection in northern cropping systems.

“It’s easy to think fungicide resistance isn’t a big issue for the north but there are diseases of real concern, especially wheat powdery mildew,” he says.

“We hope people will join the webinar and learn as much as they can about local risk factors.”

AFREN represents a significant investment in the problem by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), in partnership with the Centre for Crop Disease Management at Curtin University and a network of regional plant pathologists, disease management experts and extension specialists.

The project aims to provide growers with information and practical advice about fungicide resistance in common fungal diseases of grain crops.

Growers and advisers can also access a range of AFREN resources on reducing fungicide resistance risk through Integrated Disease Management (IDM) strategies and better fungicide usage planning.

These resources are available via the AFREN website at

To join the Northern Region AFREN webinar register here:

Source: GRDC

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