Western Australia

Your best defence to minimise the impact of rust is to have a rust management plan. Use the below tools as your armoury this season.

To view the resistance rating of your variety, check out these handy tables

Western Australian rust resistance ratings

Rust Management Alerts:

WA: Stem rust found in oat volunteers in Williams shire
Friday May 6 2016

Brett Jenkinson (Elders) has found stem rust in oat volunteers in the Williams shire. Five plants were found infected. The oats are at the stem elongation stage. Plant pathologist Geoff Thomas says that oat stem rust survives on both domestic and wild oats and is favoured by moist warm (18-30°C) weather. So in years like this where autumn rains have generated green bridge regrowth, growers might see stem rust in crop or wild oat regrowth prior to seeding. Read the full article in PestFax.


Key WA Publications for 2016:

The Rust Bust Fact Sheet – WA – The Rust Bust Fact Sheet_WA

Wheat Disease Ratings – WA –  Click here to view the 2016 wheat disease ratings.

Barley Variety Guide – WAClick here to view the 2016 Guide released by DAFWA together with GRDC.

WA Links and Resources:

Set a bookmark for DAFWA’s Crop Disease landing page www.agric.wa.gov.au/cropdisease. It offers disease forecasts, updates and links; fungicide information and disease management publications.

PestFax Reporter lets you quickly and easily report observations of pests and diseases in your paddocks to the Western Australian PestFax editor.

PestFax newsletters are an informative and interactive service covering diseases and pests threatening crops and pastures throughout the grain belt of Western Australia. Or you can view the map here.

Your Western Australian rust contacts:

Need more local information or need to identify rust in your crop?
Please contact the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s Plant Pathology team:

Geoff Thomas
Central Agricultural Region
Phone: 08 9368 3262
Email: geoff.j.thomas@agric.wa.gov.au

Ciara Beard
Northern Agricultural Region
Phone: 08 9956 8504
Email: ciara.beard@agric.wa.gov.au

Kith Jayasena
Southern Agricultural Region
Phone: 08 9892 8477
Email: kithsiri.jayasena@agric.wa.gov.au

Send rust samples to:
University of Sydney
Australian Rust Survey
Reply Paid 88076
Narellan NSW 2567