Stripe rust levels worst in a decade as wet spring sees ideal conditions for fungal disease

Gregor Heard
October 26 2022 - 7:00am
Grant Hollaway, Agriculture Victoria, says there has been significant amounts of fungal disease in cereal crops across the country this year.
Grant Hollaway, Agriculture Victoria, says there has been significant amounts of fungal disease in cereal crops across the country this year.

AUSTRALIAN cereal crops are suffering their heaviest fungal disease pressure in over a decade, with severe infestations of stripe rust likely to cause significant yield damage in wheat in places.

Gregor Heard

Gregor Heard

National Grains Industry Reporter

Gregor Heard is ACM's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his 15 years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector.

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