As part of Onions Australia’s commitment to keeping all sectors of the industry fully briefed and up to date, a series of podcasts have been developed to ensure even those of you on the go can access the latest information. Listen while you’re in the car, on the tractor or doing book work at home!

Louis de Kock

Louis de Kock from Wildeklawer Farms in South Africa was the guest speaker at the 2018 Levy Payer Day held in Brisbane on June 18. Listen here to his insights on the need for innovative and creative business acumen, and his biosecurity advice to Australian onion growers.

Peter Sullivan

The onion industry is bracing for the impact of Bayer’s recent decision to pull its broadleaf weed control product ‘Totril’ from the market. Bayer’s Horticulture Marketing Manager Peter Sullivan addressed the OA Levy Payer Day in June 2018 and answered a few questions after the session.

Jenny Van de Meeberg

Listen to this interview with Hort Innovation’s Trade Manager, Jenny Van de Meeberg, for the latest on the development of the Onion Export Strategy, and why it’s an important time for the horticulture industry to capitalise on export opportunities.

Dr Paul Horne

Listen to Dr Paul Horne explain what the five year Hort Innovation project ‘IPM extension program for the potato and onion industries (MT16009) hopes to achieve.

Onions Strategic Investment Plan

The SIP is now endorsed and officially in place to guide the onion industry over the next five years. Listen here to find out more about the plan and hear what key industry figures think about it.

SA exclusion zone lifted

As of October 3rd, 2017, South Australia was officially considered onion smut free! Listen hear to learn more about the process from infection to area freedom.

David Gale

At the recent Onions Australia AGM, the Executive were briefed on the Onion Industry Biosecurity Plan and Manual that’s being developed by Plant Health Australia as part of a Hort Innovation funded project. Listen to this interview with PHA Project Manager, David Gale, for the latest on the creation of these critical industry documents.

Dr Bill Dean

An interview with Dr Bill Dean from River Point Farms in the US about responding to the challenges of climate change.

Jacob Wiskerke

Onions Australia caught up with Jacob Wiskerke of Wiskerke Onions in the Netherlands. Listen to him talk about the key factors to Holland’s success – delineation between packers and growers, getting the price right, and reducing logistical costs.

Secret Serve – Campaign Components

Find out how the campaign was rolled out in 2016.

Secret Serve – Get Involved!

Hear how growers can get involved in the campaign and how to create brand awareness.

Bee Pest Surveillance

Find out more about Plant Health Australia’s Bee Pest Surveillance program and the recommendations that have been made as a result of the work.

Industry Biosecurity

Listen to the story of industry stalwart Steve Rathjen and how the importance of biosecurity has become a career focus.

Onion Rust

Learn more about Queensland-led research that’s developed a rapid molecular test that can differentiate different types of onion rust.


Listen to the latest on new hybrid onion varieties that are resistant to pink root.

Disease Poster

Find out more about the Onion Disease Identification Poster (now available for download).

State Round Up

Find out how each onion growing state fared in the 2015-16 season.

Onion White Rot Model

Get the latest on a new research project that aims to produce an onion white rot forecast tool for Tasmanian growers.

Mike Rettke

An interview with Mike Rettke from SAARDI about his research in to onion stunt.

Secret Serve Marketing Update 2017

Hear the latest on the Secret Serve campaign, now in to its second year of activities.

R&D update – detection & management of bacterial diseases in Australian allium crops

Hear the latest on this research project funded by Hort Innovation using the onion research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.

R&D Update – Development of an onion white rot forecast model for Tasmania

Hear the latest on this research project funded by Hort Innovation using the onion research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.

Exotic Disease Poster 2018

Onions Australia has once again supported the development of a disease identification poster, this time with a focus on exotics.

Developing channels for exporting Aussie onions

Listen to find out more about Hort Innovation’s plans to developed a specialised export marketing plan for the onion industry.

Industry Biosecurity Manual Released

Find out more about the industry first biosecurity manual now available to onion growers.