Pasture dieback

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Pasture dieback is a condition that causes unthrifty growth and premature death of otherwise productive tropical and sub-tropical sown-grass pastures. Some native grass species are also affected. Broadleaf…
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There are no one-size-fits-all strategies to manage pasture dieback. Each situation needs to be individually assessed to determine the best course of action; what is suitable for your neighbour might not be suitable for you.

Multiple research activities are currently underway, however none to date have definitively identified the exact cause of pasture dieback. Multiple pathogenic organisms (e.g. insects, fungi, viruses) could be…
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Pasture rundown is the reduction of pasture growth over time due to the tie-up of soil nutrients (primarily nitrogen) in sown pastures. Pasture quantity and quality gradually reduces…
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Pasture dieback only affects tropical and sub-tropical grasses, causing premature death and unthrifty growth. Pastures in eastern Queensland are affected, specifically north and Central Queensland, Wide Bay Burnett and south-east Queensland. Dieback in tropical grass-pastures was confirmed in north-east New South Wales in early 2020.

Most sown grass-pasture species commonly found in southern, central and northern Queensland have been affected by dieback.
Some native grass-pasture species such as black speargrass, forest bluegrass and golden beard grass have also been reported to have been affected…

Pasture dieback is affecting large areas of highly productive sown and native pastures across Queensland. In this presentation, Stuart Buck (Senior Agronomist, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries) discusses…
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‘Pasture dieback: past activities and current situation across Queensland (2017)’ describes the current situation of pasture dieback across Queensland, specifically areas, locations and grass species impacted, climate, geographical…
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