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Alert: Ramrod® Flowable Herbicide recalled

Please be advised that Crop Care has issued an immediate recall of all batches of Ramrod® Flowable Herbicide (active constituent: 480g/L propachlor), which is used for the control of annual grasses and some broadleaf weeds in select vegetable crops.

Crop Care has issued a communication advising growers who use Ramrod® Flowable Herbicide to immediately cease use of the product and to return all Ramrod® Flowable Herbicide stock for full credit.

For further information and to organise product returns, Crop Care is advising growers to contact their local Ramrod® Flowable Herbicide supplier/reseller.

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Find project updates and see your levy at work in the latest Hortlink


New, ongoing and recently completed projects

Recently completed R&D projects

Read about recently completed projects for the onion industry below, and in more detail in Hortlink.

If you would like to order a Final Report, please note the project code and make you order using the Final Report order form.

Managing soilborne diseases of onions

Project Code: VN13003

Status: Completed project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 1

This project had a focus on improving the management of onion stunt, a problematic soilborne disease that reduces the size and quality of onion bulbs and is caused by fungus Rhizoctonia solani AG8. The effects of root-lesion nematode Pratylenchus neglectus and pink-root-causing Setophoma terrrestris were also investigated.

The research has culminated in the production of the Best practice guide for onion stunt, which will soon be available to industry.

Classification of the onion rust complex and development of rapid diagnostic assays

New and ongoing R&D projects

Information on current R&D projects for the onion industry can be found below, with specific project updates and outputs available in Hortlink 2017, edition 1.

Detection and management of bacterial diseases in Australian allium crops

Project Code: VN13005

Status: Ongoing project

Read more in Hortlink 2017, edition 1

Due for completion during 2017, this three-year project has been investigating bacterial diseases of onion crops in order to build the industry’s capacity to manage them, and to enhance the industry’s preparedness for potential incursions of exotic diseases.

Development of an onion white rot forecast model for Tasmania
Australian onion industry communications
Review of the National Biosecurity Plan for the onion industry and development of a biosecurity manual for onion producers
Communication support on VN15002 – Australian onion industry
Onion industry minor use program
An IPM extension program for the potato and onion industries
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program

Marketing activity

Information on recent marketing activity can be found on the onion page of Hortlink 2017, edition 2.

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Strategic Investment Planning process for the onion industry is almost complete

Public comments on the final draft of the onion SIP have now closed.

Hort Innovation is assessing feedback received from growers and others and, as appropriate, incorporating it into the final version of the SIP.

If you would like to speak to someone about the SIP, please call Hort Innovation's onion Relationship Manager, Brad Mills, on 03 9691 3523.

Thank you to all the growers who have contributed their time and their ideas.

Your industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) lays the foundation for decision making in levy investments and represents a balanced view of stakeholders in your industry. If you’d like to read more about the SIP process, visit the SIP Portal.

See below for the completed consultation events on the onion SIP.

Strategic Investment Advisory Panel


The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the onion industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Panel members

Name Organisation Location

SIAP meetings and summaries

Meeting Number Date Location Summary

Find details on the Strategic Investment Plan at the bottom of this page.

Financial statements and summaries of project expenditure

Resources and downloads


Contacts at Hort Innovation

Bradley Mills
Relationship Manager

T 03 9691 3523
Send an email

Craig Perring
Marketing Manager

T 02 8295 2342
Send an email

Industry representative body: Onions Australia

PO Box 9420
Mount Gambier West, SA 5291
T 0458 111 126
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Strategic Investment Planning process for the onion industry is in progress

Your industry Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) lays the foundation for decision making in levy investments and represents a balanced view of stakeholders in your industry. If you’d like to read more about the SIP process, visit the SIP Portal.

See below for the completed consultation events and agendas on the onion SIP.

Completed consultation events

Industry Location Timing
Onion Melbourne, VIC April 20, 2016
Onion Melbourne, VIC September 29, 2016