Insect ID guide: From endemics to exotics (fall armyworm)

This ID guide will assist you in identifying cluster caterpillar, northern armyworm and fall armyworm.

Proper identification is important for knowing if the insect in your field is of economic importance. The correct identification of a pest allows for appropriate management practices to be implemented, and early identification and detection of potential exotic pests, enabling successful containment and eradication programs.

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Tree Dieback Identification and Management Guide

Dieback is a tree’s response to negative stress occurring within its environment. All trees are susceptible to dieback, a condition where trees die or decline in crown health prematurely and often rapidly. A noticeable decline in tree health in agricultural regions, including cotton landscapes across Australia has occurred recently. Many factors contribute to tree dieback – these can be natural, related to land management, or a combination of both.

Cotton Symptoms Guide

The Cotton Symptoms Guide is the guide to diseases and disorders in Australian cotton.

This tool is designed to assist Australian cotton growers, consultants and agronomists with the identification of symptoms expressed by the cotton plant in response to the effects of pathogenic organisms, insects, nutrition and environmental influences.

Published: 2012.

Pests and Beneficials in Australian Cotton Landscapes

The Pests and Beneficials in Australian Cotton Landscapes guide introduces the role that native vegetation can play in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

It outlines some simple management principles that we can use to make areas of native vegetation more effective as habitats for beneficials. For instance, putting bat houses in some trees will encourage bats that consume a considerable amount of insect pests.

Birds on Cotton Farms

Birds on Cotton Farms is a guide to common species and habitat management. The book provides an easy-to-use guide to who’s who among the birds, what some of them can tell us about landscape health and some practical information on what can be done to ensure the birds have places to live, eat and breed for generations to come.

The guide is an important tool for farmers who are developing best management practices and monitoring the outcomes of their improving land management.


Published: April 2006.

WEEDpak Weed ID guide

The Weed ID Guide has been compiled to assist the Australian cotton industry with the identification and management of the weeds that are most commonly problems for the industry. Colour photographs including all weed growth stages are available for each weed, and weed biology and ecology information is provided. Over 170 weeds and common plants of Australian cotton farming systems are listed in this document. The document has been designed to work in the field on tablets and phones as well as on your desktop.

WEEDpak Herbicide Damage ID guide

Finding herbicide damage in a cotton crop has been an unfortunate experience for far too many cotton growers over the years. Damage may be from residues in the soil from a herbicide applied to a previous crop, from residues in contaminated spraying equipment, from accidental application of an inappropriate herbicide, or from aerial drift from herbicide applied to a different crop. 

Fishes on cotton farms

Fishes on Cotton Farms is a guide to native fish and habitat management in North West NSW.

It contains common species of fish in cotton catchment areas, and provides a series of guiding principles for sustainable, ‘fish friendly’ landscape management.

Published: September 2009.