South Australian potato growers will have the opportunity to be updated on the latest research and development (R&D) including managing soil pathogens, pests and diseases at a special workshop to be held by AUSVEG in Murray Bridge next week.

Held as part of AUSVEG’s Potato Industry Extension Program, the workshop will be held on Monday 25 May from 6:00pm – 8:30pm at the Murray Bridge Golf Club and aims to raise awareness of R&D and ensure growers can get the most out of their potato crops.

“The workshop will give potato growers the opportunity to hear about the latest local research into minimising the threat of pests and diseases, as well as managing beneficial organisms,” said AUSVEG Special Projects Coordinator, Alexander Miller.

AUSVEG is Australia’s leading horticultural body representing more than 2,000 potato growers.

“By providing growers with the latest R&D information, AUSVEG is working to ensure Australia’s potato growers get the most out of their potato crops and maximise productivity and profitability,” said Mr Miller.

Presenting at the workshop will be Dr Kathy Ophel-Keller, Research Chief at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), who will discuss the latest research for monitoring soil health and beneficial organisms, as well as PreDicta Pt, SARDI’s DNA-based soil testing service.

Biosecurity will also be a feature at the workshop, with AUSVEG Biosecurity Coordinator Dr Jessica Lye presenting on on-farm biosecurity practices, Tomato spotted wilt virus and Potato spindle tuber viroid.

“Potato spindle tuber viroid has recently been declared endemic in Australia and Dr Lye will be able to update the industry on the latest developments and possible effects on the industry,” said Mr Miller.

“It is highly important that growers are aware of the nasty pests and diseases that can impact their operations. By providing this information directly to growers, they can put measures in place to ensure they do not experience potentially risky incursions.”

Also presenting will be representatives from crop protection business, Bayer CropScience and agronomy organisation, E.E Muir and Sons. Topics to be covered include developments in fungicides, surfactant efficacy and improving nutrition in potato crops.

“The R&D workshop will cover a range of information and best practices from pre-planting preparation through to pest management and crop nutrition. Attendees will be able to ensure that they are managing their potato crop from start to finish to grow the highest quality potatoes”, said Mr Miller.

The workshop is free to attend for all potato levy payers, agronomists and other industry stakeholders, with dinner and refreshments to be provided. Growers are encouraged to register their attendance with AUSVEG on (03) 9882 0277 or at as spaces are limited.

The program has been funded by HIA using the National Potato Levies and funds from the Australian Government.


MEDIA CONTACT: Alexander Miller, AUSVEG Special Projects Coordinator, Phone: (03) 9882 0277, Mobile: 0418 480 432, Email: