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CRT SA : Spring Big Brands 2012
There’s always better value at CRT. www.crt.com.au There’s always better value at CRT. Diamondback Moths (DBM) are normally a pest of horticultural crops, however, over the last 10 years they have been causing more damage in canola crops around Australia. One of the major issues with the control of DBMs is that they have a high degree of resistance to most insecticides including synthetic pyrethroids (SPs) such as alpha-cypermethrin and organophosphates (OPs). The difficulty, apart from the lack of inexpensive options that control this pest, has been that DBM appear to do most of their damage in dry seasons making the decision to spray to control these pests harder. Generally, if grub numbers are low, 5mm of rain can wash them off the plant and the risk of damage is reduced. However, where rain is not likely, DBM can cause significant damage and other options need to be considered. Presently, there are 2 permits from the AVPMA which are valid for WA and the Eyre Peninsula in SA for the use of Affirm in canola to control DBM. These permits are valid until 31 October 2012 and have set requirements for the use of Affirm. Check with your local CRT agronomist to see if there are more recent registrations or permits for products that are effective in the management of DBM. Crop Protection TechUpdate–Spring2012 Issue 2 Spring 2012 Tech Update Local agronomic advice CRT is Australia’s largest independent supplier of on-farm products and advice for farmers. Supporting our retailers is CRT TechFocus, a group of 240 experienced agronomists who provide relevant, practical information and advice across a broad crop base. This extensive national network of agronomists is employed by CRT retailers and their focus is on ensuring their local farmers’ crops and pastures deliver maximum returns. Their expertise covers everything from seed selection and chemical application rates to whole farm plans and precision agriculture techniques. The CRT TechFocus agronomists excel in the development of new and innovative technologies through their work with market-leading crop protection companies at trial sites across the country. Their role is integral to developing local solutions that address local issues and farmers across the country are benefitting from their research. Improving farm output and increasing farmer profitability across crops as diverse as wheat, barley, canola, sugar cane, apples and hops through to cotton and grapes requires specialist knowledge and the formation of targeted groups from within CRT, such as CRT HortiFocus and CRT CottonFocus, have proved very successful in helping farmers to access and share the latest technical and marketing information across specific industries. If you’d like more information on how CRT can improve your farming operation, talk to your local CRT agronomist today. Diamondback Moth Photo courtesy CSIRO We know Broadacre Cropping We know Agronomy We know Cotton We know Horticulture We know Viticulture
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