The Rust Bust is an initiative of the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program (ACRCP) Consultative Committee, with support from the Grains Research & Development Corporation. Rust Bust aims to raise awareness of wheat rust management strategies that reduces risk of disease outbreak.
The campaign’s key message is to encourage growers to phase out varieties that are susceptible and very susceptible to rust and for growers / agronomists to be more effective managers of the disease.
The Rust Bust campaign encourages wheat growers to use all the tools available for rust management including:
- Removing the green bridge (volunteer cereals) by mid-March;
- Growing varieties with adequate resistance to stem, stripe and leaf rusts;
- Applying fungicides to seed or fertilisers for early season rust suppression , and
- Monitoring crops for rust and if needed, applying foliar fungicides for disease control.
These strategies will help benefit you, your industry and your neighbour.
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