PestFax is an informative and interactive reporting service on pests and diseases threatening crops and pastures throughout the grain belt of WA. Weekly news updates throughout the growing season provide readers with risk alerts, current information and advice.

PestFax Pre-season Issue, 15 March 2019

Snails are active at Mount Barker and South Stirlings after recent rainfall
2019 autumn winter insecticide spray guide is now available

PestFax Issue 28, 2 November 2018

Final PestFax newsletter for 2018!
Insect pest activity update
Predicting next year’s insect pests this harvest
Weather conditions are still conducive for wheat and barley diseases down south. Have you started considering disease management strategies for 2019?
Harvesting a...

PestFax Issue 27, 26 October 2018

Native budworm are being managed in canola and pulse crops further south
Armyworm can be a threat to cereal crops
Australian plague locusts are hatching
Canola aphid update
Brown spot in lupins
PREDICTA® B Root disease risk management course is coming to Perth

PestFax Issue 26, 19 October 2018

Green peach aphids are causing some concern in advanced canola crops
Native budworm moth activity. Trapping has finished for the season
Snails are active in crops down south
Clean augers, field bins and silos prevent insects contaminating grain
Alternaria blackspot and...

PestFax Issue 25, 12 October 2018

Aphid numbers have surged recently
Native budworm caterpillar and moth activity
Fusarium crown rot in barley and wheat
Sclerotinia stem rot in lupins. Tips for minimising the impact on harvested grain quality and planning for next season

PestFax Issue 24, 5 October 2018

Native budworm moth update
Barley and wheat disease update
Fasciation found in canola

PestFax Issue 23, 28 September 2018

Aphids are active in canola, lupins, vetches and lentils
Diamondback moth activity update
Native budworm caterpillar activity and moth trapping
Redlegged earth mite activity update
Upper canopy blackleg infection in canola is prevalent across WA
After recent frost events...

PestFax Issue 22, 21 September 2018

Redlegged earth mites are damaging advanced crops. Timerite® can assist with spring control
Native budworm moth flights are increasing in numbers and distribution
Powdery mildew found in canola


PestFax Issue 21, 14 September 2018

Canola aphid activity update
Native budworm moths
Sclerotinia stem rot is being found in canola and lupins and apothecia has dried up in some locations
A variety of diseases are being found in barley crops
Wheat disease update

PestFax Issue 20, 7 September 2018

Aphids and beneficial insects are active in crops
Vegetable beetles may cause damage to crops on warm days
Diamondback moth activity update
Native budworm moth activity and trapping update