IPM - Insects, Weeds and Diseases

An integrated approach for disease, pests and weed management incorporates a range of management decisions and resources to reduce disease, pest, weed outbreaks and reduce the reliance on herbicide and insecticide inputs.

Integrated disease, pest and weed management involves taking a whole year approach as cropping decisions made in the autumn and winter can impact subsequent management during the summer.

An integrated approach will maintain the farms profitability, reduce the risk of insecticide and herbicide resistance and minimise risks to human health and the environment. It should be noted the Biosecurity myBMP module is part of an integrated farming system and cotton growers are in the front line for early detection and immediate reporting of suspect insect, weeds and disease on farm. It is intended the IMP module be complete in alignment with the Biosecurity module.

The key issues addressed in this module include:

  • Monitor crops for disease and report unusual plant symptoms to Exotic Plant Pest Hotline - 1800 084 881
  • Practice good integrated disease management at planting, crop and post harvest
  • Practice good farm hygiene (Come Clean Go Clean) to minimise spread of pests, weeds and disease onto and off your farm
  • Adhere to terms and conditions for Bollgard II® Resistance Management Plan, Roundup Ready Flex® and Liberty Link®
    Crop Management plans
  • Pest control decision based on pest and beneficials correctly sampled and identified, adherence to Insecticide resistance Management Strategy (IRMS) and impact on beneficials and bees
  • Correctly identify weeds and monitor weeds after herbicide applications
  • Weed control decision s are based on weed species/growth stage Herbicide Resistance Management Strategy (HRMS) and rotating herbicide modes of action
  • Practice good integrated weed management on the whole farm including multiple weed control methods are used in crop, fallow, rotations, and non-crop areas to manage weed burdens and herbicide resistance
  • Management of volunteer and ratoon cotton plants through the year in crop and non-cropping areas