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Reducing insecticide use in broad-acre grains production: an Australian study
Data was collected from replicated field-plot trials at five sites around Australia. The data consists of arthropod abundance collected using three methods (sweep nets, pitfall traps and vacuum sampler). We also include plant damage estimates and yield estimates.
Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
Ecology not elsewhere classified
01 Jan 2010
01 Dec 2011
This data was collected by teams at each site on private land (see credit below). This project was funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (project UWA00134). We would like to thank the landholders for allowing us access to their properties and people who helped us from the farming-systems groups: BCG (Victoria), FarmLink Research (NSW), Yorke Peninsula Alkaline Soils Group (SA), Living Farm and Facey group (WA).
Sarina Macfadyen1*, Darryl C. Hardie2,3 Laura Fagan3, Katia Stefanova4, Kym D. Perry5, Helen E. DeGraaf5, Joanne Holloway6, Helen Spafford3,7 and Paul A. Umina8,9
1. CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences and Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, Clunies Ross St., Canberra ACT 2601, Australia.
2. Department of Agriculture and Food, Irrigated Agriculture and Diversification, 3 Baron-Hay Ct. Perth WA 6151, Australia.
3. The University of Western Australia, School of Animal Biology, 35 Stirling Highway, Perth WA 6009, Australia.
4. The University of Western Australia, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, 35 Stirling Highway, Perth WA 6009, Australia.
5. South Australian Research and Development Institute, Entomology Unit, Waite Rd., Urrbrae SA 5064, Australia.
6. New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute, Pine Gully Rd., Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia.
7. Current address: University of Hawaii, Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences
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Macfadyen, Sarina; Hardie, Darryl; Fagan, Laura; Stefanova, Katia; Perry, Kym; DeGraaf, Helen; Holloway, Joanne; Spafford, Helen; Umina, Paul (2013): Reducing insecticide use in broad-acre grains production: an Australian study. v1. CSIRO. Data Collection.
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CLOSED-1180.4 UWA:IPM Australian Grains
Developing and promoting Integrated Pest Management in Australian Grains
Project Lead: Darryl Hardie (UWA). GRDC project #UWA00134.
Invertebrate pests represent a significant challenge to sustainable grain production in many parts of Australia. Reliance on 'broad-spectrum' chemicals to control agricultural pests leads to problems in pest resurgen... morece, secondary pests and the development of pesticide resistance. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a proven approach to manage invertebrate pests that coordinates the use of pest biology, environmental information, and available technology to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage, while posing the least possible risk to people and the environment. This project will benchmark current pest management practices and understanding of IPM principles among growers and advisors. Through multiple on-farm demonstration trials established with regional grower groups this project will demonstrate the utility of alternatives to conventional pest management. Researchers will collaborate closely with regional growers groups to address local pest threats. These trials will be accompanied by the delivery of workshops, field-days and genuine extension of project findings through oral and written publications. On completion of this project growers will have a greater understanding of alternative pest management tactics, and how these tactics might be used as part of an integrated approach, thus reducing reliance on broad-spectrum insecticides.
The three main focus areas are:
1. Benchmarking of current pest management practices and understanding of IPM principles of growers and agronomists. A survey of growers will be conducted in order to gauge the current level of understanding of, and attitude to, IPM. It will also identify the major economic pests that growers actively manage, the approach they use to manage these pests.
2. On-farm trials to investigate the use of alternatives to a conventional “high-input” pest management approach. These trials will run over two cropping seasons (canola focus in 2010, wheat in 2011) at five locations across Australia.
3. Delivery of workshops aimed at improving the capability of growers and consultants to identify key pest and beneficial species. There are four workshops planned in each region across the course of the project. The communication of project findings will occur through the workshops, presentation of on-farm demonstration trial results through field-days and oral and written publications.
Data from field-plot trials
Data from field plot trials replicated at five sites around Australia