Mallee Sustainable Farming agronomist Michael Moodie outlined the results of research into break crops at the GRDC Grains Research Update held at Wudinna.
Research is demonstrating the potential for sowing strategies to significantly improve crop productivity on sandy soils in the southern cropping region.
Grain growers in low rainfall parts of the southern cropping region can potentially lift profitability by including one or two-year break phases in their rotations.
Follow up surveys by PIRSA Biosecurity SA and SARDI entomologists has since identified numerous infested sites.
Growers are encouraged to seek advice from their local agronomist, GRDC, Grain Producers Australia or the Agriculture Victoria website about how to manage this pest in cereal crops.
CSIRO researcher Steve Henry is encouraging growers to monitor mouse populations and activity and to record and share their observations.
Growers should not rely on visible signs of micronutrient deficiencies in crops as symptoms of the most common micronutrient issues are vague and inconsistent.
The exotic pest - Russian wheat aphid - has been found for the first time in Australia in cereal crops in SA's mid-north. Grain growers and agronomists are asked to monitor emerging crops.
Growers dealing with waterlogging caused by Mallee dune seepage should treat the problem at the source for best results.