New quarterly update for AUSVEG agrichemical prioritisation project

AUSVEG Project Coordinator – Agrichemical Pest Management Needs and Priorities Patrick Arratia has released his second quarterly industry update on the work he’s undertaking as part of the strategic levy investment VG16060 Vegetable agrichemical pest management needs and priorities.

This update includes a list of past and future workshops that are being coordinated to engage and consult with industry members about their pest priorities, as well as a summary of the on-the-ground work Patrick has undertaken around the country to discuss regional pest and disease issues growers and agronomists.

For more information on Patrick’s project, or to discuss your agrichemical pest management needs and priorities, contact him at patrick.arratia@ausveg.com.au or by phone at 03 9882 0277.

We also encourage all growers and agronomists to get involved in the project by filling out our crop-specific surveys to help Patrick gather pest, disease and weed information for use in the prioritisation process.


Hort Innovation projects renew important permits and enable new label registrations

A number of different projects have been funded by Hort Innovation to improve agrichemical access for growers by renewing important minor use permits and generating data to support new label registrations.

These projects are enabling the extension of over 20 minor use permits and generating data to support more than a dozen new label registrations for a wide range of vegetables over the coming years to help you manage your pest and disease issues. Some of these projects are also generating data to support other sectors of horticulture.

For a full breakdown of these projects and the permits being supported by these levy investments, you can read Hort Innovation’s March 2018 update on projects covering vegetable Minor Use permits and label registrations.


Summary of regulatory issues and chemical reviews

There are a wide range of chemical reviews and other regulatory concerns that affect the Australian vegetable industry, as well as the broader horticulture industry.

If you’re interested in a summary covering the key issues and concerns in this space, both in Australia and overseas, take a look at Hort Innovation’s latest agrichemical update.

This update covers a number of important issues affecting our industry, including:

  • Regulatory reform around off-label use harmonisation in Australia, including a framework in which a grower of a minor crop could apply a pesticide off-label without the need for regulatory approval.
  • New registrations and label extensions in recent months, including insecticides and fungicides for leafy vegetables, brassicas, fruiting vegetables and cucurbits
  • International reviews of chemicals.

Click here to read this update.

This post appeared in the AUSVEG Weekly Update published 20 March 2018.

 

Project update: Vegetable agrichemical pest management needs and priorities

Patrick Arratia, AUSVEG Project Coordinator – Agrichemical Pest Management Needs and Priorities, has released his first quarterly industry update on the work he’s undertaking as part of the strategic levy investment VG16060 Vegetable agrichemical pest management needs and priorities. This update includes a list of past and future workshops that are being coordinated to engage and consult with industry members about their pest priorities.

The VegNET program being delivered in South Australia by AUSVEG SA has also produced a factsheet profiling the project, which provides a background on why the project has been funded under the Hort Innovation Vegetable Fund and what benefits it will deliver the Australian vegetable industry. To read the factsheet, please click here.

For more information on Patrick’s project, or to discuss your agrichemical pest management needs and priorities, contact him at patrick.arratia@ausveg.com.au or by phone at 03 9882 0277.

 

Industry update: Willow-leaved lettuce glyphosate resistance confirmed

Two populations of the broadleaf weed willow-leaved lettuce (Lactuca saligna) in Western Australia have been confirmed to be resistant to the key herbicide glyphosate in vegetable production.

Willow-leaved lettuce, also known as wild lettuce, has increased in abundance during the past 10 years due to a widespread shift in the industry to glyphosate-based weed control. The resistance was confirmed in a commercial horticulture crop in the Gascoyne irrigation area.

For more information, see this communication by the Australian Glyphosate Sustainability Working Group (AGSWG). For more information on efforts to promote the sustainable use of glyphosate in Australian agriculture, see the AGSWG website.

To establish direct grower interaction and ensure that the agrichemical needs of the vegetable sector are accurately recorded and understood, AUSVEG has commenced coordination of the project Vegetable Agrichemical Pest Management Needs and Priorities (VG16060), a strategic levy investment under the Hort Innovation Vegetable Fund.

The project’s objective is to coordinate vegetable industry agrichemical pest needs by identifying and prioritising potential gaps through the implementation of an effective prioritisation process for the industry.

Coordinating this project is Patrick Arratia, who joined AUSVEG in July 2017. A component of Patrick’s role is to capture direct input from growers relating to individual crop commodities. This will be done on a regional basis in conjunction with the existing Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP) and regional Industry Development Officers (IDOs).

Priority agrichemical gaps identified in this three-year project will inform industry actions at the annual AgChem Collaborative Forum, assist in updating industry SARPs and identify potential solutions to address these gaps.

The successful rollout of this project will result in an effective agrichemical prioritisation process for the vegetable industry through a high level of industry engagement and input, which will direct R&D funding for crop protection purposes.

Keep an eye out for Patrick as he visits key vegetable growing regions and stay tuned for upcoming project consultation workshops.

 

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the Vegetable research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.