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Queensland Barley Growers 'On Rust Alert'

07 September 2010

AUSTRALIA – The state government for Australia's Queensland has urged the region's barley farmers to scout their crops for signs of rust, warning that they could face the risk of serious yield losses.

Greg Platz, principal plant pathologist at Agri-science Queensland, told the news provider that most of the commercial barley varieties planted this year are vulnerable to rust.

He went on to suggest that growers should consider using fungicide treatments after wet weather brought about favourable conditions for the disease to thrive.

"I've heard of at least two instances where crops are what I'd consider too far gone to be worried about fungicidal intervention. Those crops stand to lose at least 25 to 30 per cent of their yield," Mr Paltz explained.

He added that farmers' focus should be on taking precautions to ensure that rust "doesn't overrun" the state's crop.

Last week, fears that spur-throated locust plagues could ravage crops next year were dampened by early efforts from Biosecurity Queensland to eliminate the destructive pest.

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