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Making biosecurity work for your farm

Mackay’s experience of farming with Panama disease tropical race 4

Containment of Panama disease tropical race 4 remains a key priority for the Australian banana industry. Detected in the largest production region of Far North Queensland in March 2015, effective biosecurity remains key to limiting its spread.

Gavin and Stephen Mackay from Mackays Bananas share their experience of farming with the disease and how they have made biosecurity work for their farm. 

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Have a problem with burrowing nematodes?

Research has shown that using a non-host fallow crop such as canola can help control burrowing nematodes. This crop rotation method requires three steps to effectively manage burrowing nematodes:
  • complete crop removal
  • plant a non-host fallow crop
  • use clean planting material.
Better bananas is an initiative of the National Banana Development and Extension Program (BA16007). This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the banana research and development levy, co-investment from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.

The project is supported by the Australian Banana Growers’ Association (ABGC).