PestFax is an informative and interactive reporting service on pests and diseases threatening crops and pastures throughout the grain belt of WA. Weekly news updates throughout the growing season provide readers with risk alerts, current information and advice.

PestFax Issue 17, 8 October 2020

Diamondback moth surveillance summary for WA
Fall armyworm update
Native budworm continue to pose a threat to crops
Participate in DPIRD’s Biosecurity Blitz from 19 October to 16 November

PestFax Issue 16, 24 September 2020

Be mindful of chemical withholding periods if spraying for native budworm
Russian wheat aphid webinar recording can now be viewed
Fusarium crown rot
Upper canopy infection of blackleg in canola

PestFax Issue 15, 10 September 2020

Russian wheat aphid update
Spring control of redlegged earth mites
Ascochyta blight spotted in chickpeas
Barley disease update

PestFax Issue 14, 2 September 2020

Cereal aphid species need to be correctly identified
Diamondback moth numbers have increased at Esperance
How to distinguish Fall armyworm caterpillars from other endemic caterpillars
Remember to sweep net crops for native budworm caterpillars
Powdery mildew in wheat

PestFax Issue 13, 27 August 2020

Native budworm caterpillars are damaging cereal crops
Glume blotch in wheat
Sclerotinia infection in canola and lupin crops

PestFax Issue Russian wheat aphid, 24 August 2020

Russian wheat aphid found in Esperance region

PestFax Issue 12, 13 August 2020

Native budworm caterpillars may be increasing to damaging sizes in unsprayed crops
Sclerotinia stem rot is being found in canola

PestFax Issue 11, 6 August 2020

Aphids – to spray or not to spray?
Armyworm caterpillars
Cockchafers are causing extensive damage in cereals and pastures
Cold temperatures have slowed native budworm moth flights
2020 winter spring insecticide spray guide is now available
PestFax identification webinar...

PestFax Issue 10, 30 July 2020

Fall armyworm detected in the WA grainbelt
Clean augers, field bins and silos to prevent insects contaminating grain
Native budworm update. Caterpillars are being found in cereals
Barley powdery mildew
Net blotches found in barley crops and volunteers
Oat crown (leaf)...

PestFax Issue 9, 16 July 2020

Cereal aphids
Green peach aphid and turnip yellows virus update
Weekly native budworm moth trapping has begun early for some WA locations