Welcome to the September 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. 


Vegetable Crop Nutrition Master Class 2018

Do you want to build on your knowledge of crop nutrition? Do you want to better understand the interactions between soil, water and plants? 

Our aim is to challenge and inspire all involved to make changes to their thinking and practices.

Date: Wednesday 17 October 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Pacific Hotel Brisbane, 345 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, Brisbane, QLD 4000

Places are strictly limited. For more information and to secure your spot click here

Webinar: Integrated Pest Management of vegetable pests - a more sustainable approach

Join this informative and interactive one-hour lunchtime session to get the latest updates from vegetable industry experts, including Adam Schreurs (VIC grower), Nigel Dolenec (SA agronomist) and Angelica Cameron (VIC researcher/service provider). 

Date: Thursday 18 October 2018 
Time: 12:30-1:30pm (AEDT) 
Register: click here

This session is being delivered by the National Vegetable Extension Network (VegNET), funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable research and development levy and funds from the Australian Government.


Recap on the farm walk as part of the Soilborne Disease Master Class in Virginia, SA

Last week 30 growers and industry service providers descended on Adelaide for the fourth Soil Wealth ICP Soilborne Disease Master Class. 

The Master Class provided and discussed the core principles and cutting edge knowledge for managing soilborne disease in different vegetable production systems.

As part of the Master Class, participants visited our demonstration site in Virginia, SA hosted by Braham Produce. Braham Produce grow capsicums in soil under greenhouse systems. 

The key messages from the field visit were: 
  • Use soil fumigation strategically in a monoculture, actively manage soil biology via compost and biological products and be strict about hygiene and biosecurity

  • Monitor all inputs and their effects via soil, plant and water testing for nutrients and diseases, and adjust management according to results - it pays 
  • Keep on top of new technology by working with suppliers and researchers through on-farm trials.
You can find out more about the demonstration site here


Organic soil amendments: global scan and review

Organic amendments are mostly applied pre-planting of cash or cover crops, and always contain carbon and all major nutrients (N, P, S and K). 

Read this global scan and review, the first in a series, that covers what organic soil amendments are, why and how to use them, the effects on soils and crops, as well as other specific considerations. Further research, development and extension needs are also identified for future guidance.

Clubroot management in brassica vegetables: fact sheet 

Clubroot is one of the most potentially devastating soil borne diseases affecting brassica vegetables (e.g. cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts) in Australia. Once plants are infected there are no effective control measures. 

Read this fact sheet to find out more about identifying clubroot, clubroot management strategies including integrated approaches, as well as evaluating clubroot risk.

What we're watching: Soilborne Disease Series - Basel Plate Rot

A short video, the first in a series of six, presented by Dr Len Tesoriero on the identification, causes and management of basel plate rot. Watch it here

To find out more about the Soil Wealth or ICP projects visit the website, or join the Soil Wealth and ICP Community of Practice online. You can also follow us on Twitter @ProtectingCrops or @SoilWealth for the latest news and updates.

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