The 'Maximising returns from water in the Australian vegetable industry' report provides a summary and analysis of water use in the vegetable industry in Australia as at March 200.  It is the compilation of a series of reports on vegetable industry water use at state level, and has been funded by Horticulture Australia Ltd and AUSVEG.

The National IPM Newsletter will present a series of recent case histories from Australian vegetable farms that illustrate how important elements of IPM practice have worked for commercial growers who have given it a serious try-out. The pest management strategies used in these farm histories include: As you will see IPM techniques have proved to be very effective at improving management of Western Flower Thrips and other key pests.

Each case history begins with a farm outline and summary of the pest problems, key IPM changes made and what outcomes were achieved.

The Guide to Common Diseases and Disorders of Parsley handbook is part of a project sponsored by HAL, Ausveg and the National Vegetable Levy. When referring to this book it is important to realise that more than one disease can occur on plants at any one time. Also symptoms can be difficult to distinguish and diagnostic tests may be required to identify the cause accurately.

Crop failures of up to 100% have been recorded for parsley in both Queensland and Victoria. Diseases causing major commercial losses in Australia are root rots, which occur in Queensland during warm, wet weather and in Victoria during cool, wet weather. Leaf spot, caused by Septoria petroselini, is the predominant foliage disease of parsley. Leaf blight caused by Alternaria petroselini and root-knot nematode damage caused by Meloidogyne sp. have caused major economic losses on individual farms. Viral diseases appear to be more of a curiosity, than the cause of crop losses in Australia.

Meeting of Researchers (Parramatta - March 2006)

The Enviroveg Program folder holds a collection of information aimed at improving and demonstrating good environmental management on farms within the vegetable industry. Vegetable growers depend on the environment to produce crops now and in the future. Consequently, good environmental management plays an important part in vegetable production.

As a result of white blister being found on broccoli crops in New Zealand last year. Australian and New Zealand scientists collaborated to produce an information brochure 'White blister in vegetable brassicas'.

Australian experts on white blister Dr Elizabeth Minchinton, Joanna Petkowski and Dr Robert Faggian, and New Zealand scientist Dr Richard Falloon, developed the colour brochure on what growers need to know about white blister. The brochure has several high quality colour pictures of the disease and outlines the life cycle and management options. Department of Primary Industries Vic, Crop & Food Research New Zealand, AUSVEG, Vegfed (New Zealand) and Horticulture Australia produced the brochure. The brochure is available from your state Vegetable Industry Development Officer or Dr Elizabeth Minchinton phone (03) 9210 9222.

A Product Description Language (PDL) is a collection of photographs used to describe a produce. This manual is divided into two sections. The first section covers the quality parameters that form the basis of the PDL. Root diameter and length are important parameters for defining carrot specifications. These are dealt with by grader settings and are therefore not covered in this manual. The second section of the manual covers a range of diseases and disorders recorded in carrots in Australia. This is intended only as a guide to field and packing shed staff. Confirmation of suspected diseases should be made through a recognised laboratory.

This guide provides a practical reference for the preliminary identification of brassica pests, beneficial insects (biological controls) and diseases commonly encountered in the field. The guide also covers some physiological, nutritional and environmental disorders as these can sometimes be confused with diseases and also can have a significant impact on crop yield and quality.

This guide is designed to be a companion to the 'Integrated Pest Management in Lettuce: Information Guide'. It is for use in the field to aid in the identification of insect pests, diseases and disorders that are found in lettuce. If identification is not possible using the guide we recommend sending specimens to one of the various identification services listed in the Information Guide. For information on pesticides, nutrient levels and up-to-date management information contact your local Department of Agriculture officer or agronomist.

A Sustainable Pest Management System for Vegetable Growing information booklet. A publication of the Australian National Diamondback Moth Project Team, with the aim of broadening public knowedge about integrated pest management.

This handbook is part of the project titled 'Disease management strategies for bunching vegetable growers' [Project VG01045] sponsored by the National Vegetable Levy, Horticulture Australia Limited and the Department of Primary Industries, Knoxfield, Victoria.

Easy to use training resource for workers in the vegetable production industry
Healthy Harvest is a basic educational training video consisting of 7 main sections:
1. Germs
2. Pre-Planting
3. Planting and Growing
4. Harvesting
5. Post-harvest handling
6. Storage
7. Transport

The video takes a HACCP approach in examining the main steps in the food production and handling chain on the farm, identifying possible microbial risks to food safety, and suggesting ways to control the serious dangers.

Healthy Harvest is designed to be used with all workers.

The video can be used as an independent training resource or in conjunction with the Healthy Harvest training manual.

A comprehensive insight into IPM. Over 40 minutes of video documenting how growers Australia-wide are improving their businesses, the environment and the health of their families.

This CD-ROM will help vegetable growers identify and manage one of Australia's most costly diseases, Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus which is spread by Western Flower Thrips.

Insect Pest Management In Sweet Corn. Horticulture Australia Project [VG 97036]

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