The fall armyworm is continuing to spread across North Queensland and has now been detected as far south as Bowen. The pest was first detected in Australia on two Torres Strait islands in January, before reaching the mainland at Bamaga in February. It was then detected on a property in the Gulf country, and in South Johnstone, Tolga and Lakeland.
Beef producers have experienced a significant rise in bovine ephemeral fever, commonly known as three day sickness, after receiving significant rain in February. The arthropod-borne virus carried by mosquitoes and biting midges is more severe in heavier cattle, bulls pregnant and lactating cows, and some losses have been confirmed.
Australian supermarkets are reportedly grappling with a shortage of broccoli and different produce because the nation’s huge bushfires have ravaged farms. Coles, one of Australia’s largest grocery retailer chains, mentioned broccoli providers are struggling due to the fires, which have slammed at least 19,000 farmers.
Australia’s 2019/20 bushfire season has gone down in history as one of its worst. Fires, which started in June 2019, have since burned an area of around 18.6 million hectares and claimed the lives of 34 people. Fires were burning in all six states, however, the damage was concentrated in areas within South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales.
Australian pineapple growers admit that the impact of the drought will continue to impact the fruit's crops for the next 12 months. President of Australian Pineapples says Stephen Pace says recent rainfall has been welcome and encouraging, but with a 2-3-year crop cycle, everything in the ground for the last 12 months has felt some sort of impact.
Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) causes a range of symptoms, depending on the age of plants, weather conditions and nutritional status. Symptoms include yellow mottling of leaves, ringspots, chlorotic blotches and line/mosaic patterns. Wilting and purpling of leaves can occur and necrotic lesions can develop on stems of affected plants.
A dangerous exotic pest that can destroy up to half a farm's crop has been found in North West Queensland. Fall armyworm is an invasive moth that feeds on hundreds of plant species including many important agricultural crops. The American-native has spread across the world to 65 countries since 2016 and is now in Northern Australia.
It's a problem plaguing grape-growers worldwide - in an ever-changing climate, how can they protect their crops from the undesirable effects of wildfire smoke exposure. A recent study by a team of UBC Okanagan researchers has led to the development of a preventative strategy for protecting grapes from volatile phenols - flavored compounds present in smoke that may be absorbed into ripening grapes and subsequently impact wine flavor.
Recent rainfall has brought much needed relief from drought and heat across the Central Tablelands, but the wet weather can also pose risks for livestock - the Local Land Services warns. "Now that we've had some rain in most parts of the region, it's a good time to review the vaccination status of livestock and give booster injections where appropriate, particularly for clostridial diseases such as pulpy kidney."
A light harvest has weighed heavily on GrainCorp's financial position this season, but it has also triggered a $57.9 million insurance payout. Yesterday, the national commodity forecaster ABARES pegged Australia's 2019/20 winter crop production for New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland at 11.44 million tonnes.
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