Welcome to the July edition of the Bulletin where you can find the latest on upcoming events, demonstration site news and resources on soil management and plant health in the Australian vegetable industry. 


Webinar: The role of soil DNA testing in managing the risk of soilborne diseases – how is it being used and what can it do? 

Join this informative and practical lunchtime session to get the latest updates from Dr Michael Rettke, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and Dr Doris Blaesing, RMCG. 

The webinar will cover better managing soilborne diseases in vegetables through the use of DNA testing. Practical guidance will be provided on how the DNA technology is being used and the type of information it provides. 

Date: Thursday 2 August 2018 
Time: 12:30-1:30pm (AEST) 
Register: click here

Vegetable Crop Nutrition Master Class 2018 

Is managing crop nutrition and understanding nutrients in soils important to you? Do you want to learn more? 

Suitable for vegetable growers, agronomists, researchers. 

What’s included? 
  • September - Receive pre-reading 
  • 17 October 2018 - Attend the one day workshop (Brisbane) 
  • Nov/Dec - Take part in 3 webinars 
  • Late summer 2019 - Follow up mentoring/coaching available 
For more information or to register your interest please click here.


New strip tillage site in the Sydney Basin, NSW

Last month we featured the new site in Richmond, TAS and this edition takes us to another Richmond, this time west of Sydney in NSW. 

Val and Sam Micallef are looking for new ways to improve their soil while also reducing costs. Working with the Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection team they are keen to trial the use of strip tillage in their production system. 

The first test will be coming out of lettuce into sweet corn this summer. Instead of multiple passes and aggressive tillage with the rotary hoe they will see how strip tillage works for them. 

Not only will it reduce the number of passes and hence costs but also will allow more timely operations when the weather is less favorable. At the end of the corn crop Val and Sam will again try strip tillage to establish their brassica crops for winter. Further down the line the boys are interested to see how it might allow them to use more cover crops and possibly band compost in the crop row. 

You can follow the progress of the site on the Facebook page, and further information can be found here.


Internal rot in capsicum: Causes and control 

Internal rot in capsicum is an infection on the seeds, placenta or internal wall(s) of capsicum red fruit. Normally, symptoms are only seen once the fruit is cut open. The external appearance of the fruit is completely normal. 

The disease leads to downgrades and rejections of fruit on the market, and affected fruit often progress right through the supply chain, to consumers. 

This fact sheet brings together the most up to date information on the causes, control and prevention of internal rot in capsicums.

Irrigation Management in Sweet Corn 

Sweet corn has a high water requirement. The most sensitive growth stages (3–5) are also when crop water usage is at its highest, increasing by more than 400% over a few weeks. This rapid increase in crop water use can catch growers out and reduce yield and quality. 

Read this fact sheet to discover more about practical irrigation tips including crop development, water use and key irrigation decisions, as well as handy tools available to help with irrigation decisions. Guidance on soil moisture monitoring is also provided.

What we're reading: Update from the Precision Agriculture Research Group 

This levy-funded project aims to assist vegetable growers to implement precision technologies (VG16009). A key element is demonstrating what precision technologies are commercially available to assist in horticulture with identifying and understanding crop variability. 

The Precision Agriculture Research Group from the University of New England and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries recently published a number of articles in the WA Grower magazine. 

Read these articles to get an update on mapping variation at harvest and yield prediction of vegetable crops.

Meet the team

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