Farming: Russian pest invasion

Growers are being told to remain vigilant against the pest Russian wheat aphid found in wheat crops in the northern Mallee, after populations were found near Tooleybuc and Manangatang.

Growers are being told to remain vigilant against the pest Russian wheat aphid found in wheat crops in the northern Mallee, after populations were found near Tooleybuc and Manangatang.

GROWERS are being urged to keep up their crop inspections after recent reports of Russian wheat aphid (RWA) activity in wheat crops in the northern Mallee, particularly around Tooleybuc and Manangatang.

Predominately detected in crops not treated with Gaucho at sowing, growers should prioritise inspecting those paddocks and look for aphids at the base of curled or rolling leaves with white/pink streaks running the length of the leaf.

BCG researcher Claire Browne said it was important to look for aphids on symptomatic tillers and not just the symptoms alone.

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