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In a very limited survey undertaken in 2014, strains of the fungus that causes blackleg were discovered that were tolerant to Jockey fungicide. GRDC are funding a larger national survey to determine the extent of fungicide tolerance.
Over recent years, there has been significant interest in capacitance soil moisture probes fitted with weather stations for monitoring crop water availability and climatic conditions in crop.
The Board of Barley Australia has announced the successful accreditation of two new varieties: Flinders (WABAR 2537) and La Trobe (IGB 1101).