A series of workshops designed to help early career agronomists and grain producers make informed decisions about insect identification and management will take place in Queensland in June and July.
An initiative of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) of the Queensland and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) as part of the project National Pest Information Network, the hands-on workshops will offer the latest information and advice on the paddock.
GRDC – North Crop Protection Director Vicki Green said the workshop content would be aimed at early career advisers, but registration was also open to those looking for refresher in identification and insect management.
“Insect pests are an ongoing challenge for the grain sector, which is why these workshops have been developed to ensure that agronomists and growers have access to the latest information on research and development,” said Ms. Green.
“Being informed and having a clear understanding of the best management tactics has implications for effective control on the farm and at a broader industry level in terms of reducing problems such as insecticide resistance. “
The DAF entomology team based in Toowoomba and Kingaroy – Melina Miles, Hugh Brier, Tonia Grundy and Adam Quade – will facilitate the workshops. While NSW DPI entomologist, Zorica Duric, will join the team for the Goondiwindi workshop.
The workshops will cover the effective and efficient sampling of enclosures as well as the development and identification of insects. The workshops will include a hands-on identification session, and the discussion of pests and their management will be guided by local issues.
“It is important to note that we will also be looking at thresholds and how to use them on the farm, as well as the management of key insects for specific crops,” said Dr Miles.
The one-day workshops will include a session on insects in stored grain, presented by Phillip Burrill (DAF).
“We will be asking people who sign up for the workshops to identify the key issues they want to address so that we can ensure that the content is well targeted and meets the needs of the industry,” said Dr. Miles.
Insect identification and management workshops will take place from around 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with lunch provided. The dates and places are:
- Dalby, Wednesday June 16
- Toowoomba, Thursday June 17
- Emeraude, Wednesday July 14
- Goondiwindi, Wednesday July 21
If there is enough interest, a second workshop can be organized for Emerald on Thursday July 15th.