Improved RSD management in Harwood leads to record yields

Young, Anthony (2017) Improved RSD management in Harwood leads to record yields. In: 39th Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT 2017), 3-5 May 2017, cairns, Australia.

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Major changes in the management of ratoon stunting disease (RSD) at Harwood have resulted in record yields in 2015 and 2016. These changes, facilitated by an active extension campaign, involved increased availability of clean seed, preferential recommendations of resistant varieties, prioritisation of approved seed plot (ASP) billets, implementation of a billet delivery system, and changing to LSB-PCR as the RSD diagnostic test. The 2015 and 2016 yields of 151 t/ha and 146 t/ha respectively, are the highest consecutive yields recorded for Harwood, while the 2015 one year old yield of 120 t/ha was the highest on record. Comparison with Broadwater, which harvests a similar proportion of 2YO cane but is only beginning to adopt the RSD control measures deployed at Harwood, shows that in these years yields were lower by 15.5 t/ha and 18.2 t/ha, amounting to potential lost revenue of $2.9m and $3.6m respectively. If, as has been shown in Harwood and other areas, managing RSD leads to such significant yield gains, the incidence and the impacts of the disease must have been previously underestimated. This poster concludes that further, industry-wide gains can be made in RSD management by the production of resistant varieties.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2017 05:24
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 04:30
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960413 Control of Plant Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments

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