Gaining an understanding of Verticillium wilt
Verticillium wilt is a damaging soil borne disease of potatoes, where the pathogen infects, colonises and causes wilting in plants. It is likely to be present in all Australian potato fields, with the potential to cause crop losses ranging from one to 20 per cent.
Previous research shows that it is linked to Potato Early Dying syndrome, which can be caused by an interaction between different species of the soil borne fungal pathogen Verticillium (Verticillium dahliae
and the less common Verticillium alboatrum
) and the root lesion nematode (Pratylenchus crenatus
Potato growers are advised to determine the level of inoculum in their soil by obtaining a proper diagnosis of Verticillium using the DNA-based soil testing service, PreDicta Pt, developed by the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). If the results confirm the Verticillium pathogen, growers are recommended to remove potato plants and tubers from the field at harvest.
For a more detailed look into Verticillium wilt and the research currently being undertaken on the disease, please see page 23 of the latest Potatoes Australia
, which can be read online here
|Potatoes Australia is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the research and development National Fresh and Processing Potato Levies and funds from the Australian Government.
Expressions of interest for attendance at the 2017 Horticulture Field Day
Hort Connections 2017 will be preceded by the annual Horticulture Field Day. This year, the field day will focus on pest and disease detection and management. The event is free and available only to those who have registered for Hort Connections 2017.
Monday 15 May 2017
8:15am – 5:30pm
Adelaide and surrounds
Spaces are strictly limited so be sure to register your interest with AUSVEG promptly. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for attendees.
The agenda for the day is as follows:
Attendees arrive on North Terrace, outside of the Adelaide Convention Centre
Bus departs Adelaide Convention Centre
Supply Chain Section: TORO Australia is a leading supplier of irrigation products to the landscape, agricultural, turf care and domestic garden markets. After a light breakfast we will learn about the supplier, be guided on a factory tour and learn about the products produced at the facility.
Research & Innovation Section: The South Australian Research and Development Institute and Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre are carrying out cutting edge research into pest detection systems. Guided by PB CRC researchers, we will visit a SARDI field site to learn about next generation pest trapping, be guided on a tour of the SARDI laboratories, and hear about innovations in the grape industry in detecting pests through DNA surveillance before finishing with a group lunch.
On-farm Development Section: Brussels Sprout grower Eastbrooke Farms is currently hosting a Soil Wealth & Integrated Crop Protection Field Trial site. We will hear from Dr Doris Blaesing about the cover crop trials being undertaken at the farm and learn about the results of the trial from agronomist, Nigel Dolenac, before taking a close look at the site.
Bus arrives at Adelaide Convention Centre
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further enquiries, please contact Callum Fletcher on 03 9882 0277 or at email@example.com
Vegetable & Potato Biosecurity Implementation Committees – Call for interested participants
AUSVEG is excited to announce the inaugural meetings of the Vegetable and Potato Biosecurity Implementation Committees, which are to be held directly after Hort Connections.
18 May 2017
9:00am – 12:30pm
1:00pm – 4:30pm
Adelaide Convention Centre
These committees will provide important input in guiding biosecurity activities for industry and government over the next five years and will meet at one workshop per year for the duration of the Plant Health Australia run projects VG15065: Review of the National Biosecurity Plan for the Vegetable Industry
and PT16004: Review of the National Biosecurity Plan for the Potato Industry and development of a biosecurity manual for potato producers
The make-up of both committees are yet to be determined; however, places are limited. AUSVEG is calling for expressions of interest from growers who are interested in joining either the potato or vegetable committees.
For further information, or to express your interest, please contact Dr Jessica Lye on 03 9882 0277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|The Vegetable and Potato Biosecurity Program is funded by the Plant Health Levy. This communication has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the research and development National Vegetable Levy, National Potato Levy and funds from the Australian Government.
Hort Connections 2017 – NextGen Young Grower event
The annual NextGen Young Grower event will take place at Hort Connections 2017. The event, sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, will offer participants a once-in-a-lifetime experience of climbing the newly constructed Adelaide Oval Roof, with food and refreshments provided afterwards. This event is free and available only to those who have registered for Hort Connections 2017.
Wednesday 17 May 2017
2:00pm – 5:30pm
Free for those attending Hort Connections 2017.
Please express your interest by emailing email@example.com
, as numbers must be secured for the event.
Young Food Innovators program
Applications are now open for the Young Food Innovators program, a 12-month intensive, accelerated development program for young people working in the red meat, horticulture, seafood and dairy primary producer sectors.
The program is designed for producers or supporting professionals looking to develop new high value opportunities in domestic or export markets, implement innovative new business models or accelerate the adoption of new disruptive technologies within their production business.
Applications are open to anyone currently working within the production sector (or a business closely related to the production sector) with a minimum of five years’ experience, as well as hold a university degree or relevant qualification.
Partial scholarships may be available from the relevant Rural Research and Development Corporation (RDC) to cover a portion of travel and accommodation costs.
Applications for the program close COB Friday 28 April 2017. For more information, please click here
Water for Profit event – Thursday 18 May
The Tasmanian Government’s Water for Profit program will deliver a statewide event on Thursday 18 May.
The event has plenty of variety to suit everyone, covering topics such as precision irrigation, autonomous systems and drones, as well as a trade show and practical sessions.
Thursday 18 May 2017
8:30am – 2:00pm
Riverlands Centre, 159 Wellington Street, Longford TAS
To register online, please click here
2017 Global Innovations in Horticulture Seminar: Registrations for funded positions now open!
Following the success of the 2016 Global Innovations in Horticulture Seminar, Australian levy-paying vegetable growers will once again have the chance to listen to presentations from the world’s leading innovation experts at the 2017 Global Innovations in Horticulture Seminar.
The Seminar will take place during Hort Connections 2017, and will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday 16 May.
The seminar will feature nine expert speakers from around the world on topics ranging from precision agriculture to processing machinery. Previous seminars have been very well received by growers, so don't miss out on the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the leading thinkers in global horticulture.
Funded positions are available for levy-paying growers to attend this event. Growers interested in attending or looking for further details can contact AUSVEG on 03 9882 0277, by fax at 03 9882 6722 or via the contact form here
|The 2017 Global Innovations in Horticulture Seminar is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the research and development National Vegetable Levy and funds from the Australian Government.
Celebrate women in horticulture at Hort Connections 2017!
The ever-popular Women in Horticulture networking event will once again return to Hort Connections 2017. The event is open to all delegates at Hort Connections, providing a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the integral role that women play in the industry.
The event will be held on Wednesday 17 May from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. This year’s theme will focus on getting involved and adding value to your business.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston will be headlining the guest speakers, while ABC presenter Tonya Roberts will emcee the event. The Eat.Drink.Innovate Pty Ltd founder Susie White will speak on new product and packaging innovations, while celebrity chef Geoff Jansz will perform a cooking demonstration with local produce. Horticulture Innovation Australia Relationship Manager Christian Patterson will also discuss levy-funded projects.
The event will conclude with the announcement of the 2017 Women in Horticulture award winner.
For more information or to RSVP, please visit hortconnections.com.au
or call AUSVEG on 03 9882 0277.
Bringing ideas to life workshop
Monash University and the Food Innovation Centre will run a workshop on ‘bringing ideas to life’ using best practice innovation.
Participants will be given the opportunity to learn best practice in how to identify, craft and test ideas that will have the best chance of succeeding in their business and the market place as a whole.
3 May 2017
9:00am – 5:00pm
Monash University Clayton Campus – New Horizons Building
$350 plus GST
For more information and to register, please click here
Current project opportunities with Hort Innovation
Hort Innovation advertises opportunities to become a delivery partner on research, development and marketing projects for Australian horticulture on its website
and on tenders.net
Join Hort Innovation's delivery partner mailing list to receive email notifications of new opportunities by registering through its delivery partner registration form
The relevant documentation for each opportunity is available on tenders.net
. To access this information, you will need to become a member by registering on the tenders.net registration page
Please find below a table of current project opportunities directly related to the Australian vegetable and potato industries. For more details on any of the projects, or for information on other project opportunities across horticulture, please visit tenders.net
|Request for proposal
||Tomato potato psyllid (TPP) National Program Coordinator
||5pm (Sydney time)
Friday 21 April 2017
|Communication of levy-funded R&D is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the research and development National Vegetable Levy, National Fresh Potato Levy and funds from the Australian Government.
New Minor Use permits
||Actives: Potassium phosphonate
Crop: Beetroot, carrots, parsnips and brassica leafy vegetables
Pest: Damping off and Downy mildew (Brassica leafy vegetables only)
||Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited
||All states except VIC
All efforts have been made to provide the most current, complete and accurate information on permits. However, AUSVEG recommends that you confirm the details of any permits at the APVMA website
Users are advised that while the pesticide can be applied legally under the APVMA minor use permit, there can be a significant delay until the maximum residue limit (MRL) gazetted by the APVMA is adopted in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Until this occurs the MRL may not be recognised and a zero tolerance may be imposed for residues of the pesticide resulting from its use according to the APVMA permit.
Please be aware that in the absence of a MRL in the Food Standards Code, the use of the pesticide according to the permit may result in the suspension of the produce in the marketplace. Please check the FSANZ website or the Australian Government ComLaw website to confirm if there are MRLs established by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Please consult APVMA documentation before applying any product to your crop. For more information contact the APVMA on (02) 6210 4701 or Growcom on (07) 3620 3880.
If an adverse experience occurs as a result of using the permit, please fill out a Non-Performance Reporting Form for Horticultural Pesticides and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
. To download a Non-Performance Reporting Form for Horticultural Pesticides, please click here
|This communication has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the research and development National Vegetable Levy and funds from the Australian Government.
AUSVEG CEO James Whiteside appeared in print media this week reiterating the need to support Australian growers in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. Mr Whiteside noted that making a conscious effort to buy Australian grown fruit and vegetables can make a large difference to those affected.
AUSVEG SA State Manager Jordan Brooke-Barnett appeared in print media this week discussing the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme. Mr Brooke-Barnett noted that the scheme was an important investment for the state and would allow South Australia to firmly cement its place in Australia's national horticulture industry.
Weather Forecast – Wednesday 19 April
Please find below a weather forecast for Wednesday 19 April for key growing regions around Australia. To see a detailed forecast, please click the image.
|This project has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the research and development National Vegetable Levy and National Potato Levy and funds from the Australian Government.