Disease Management Of Pulses Grown In Low To Medium Rainfall Zones

GRDC - Jenny Davidson (SARDI, Urrbrae) and Sarah Noack (Hart Fieldsite Group, Hart)

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

The authors of this paper note in the conclusion: “Efficacy of registered foliar fungicides and products that have been previously under an emergency use permit have been tested in field trials at Hart in 2017 for control of ascochyta blight on chickpeas and lentilsɸ (Figures 1a, 1b, 2a and 2b). All tested products were able to reduce disease severity to some degree, but the less effective products may struggle under high disease pressure”. Please access the full paper via the link below if this research interests you.

The take home messages from this GRDC funded research are below. Please access the full paper via the link below for methodology, references, acknowledgements and discussion.

Take home messages from the paper include:

  • Fungal pathogens and viruses survive between crops on infected stubble, seed and or directly in the soil. General crop management to minimise disease risk includes:
    • crop rotations of three years between the same crop type
    • avoid planting in paddocks next to stubble of the same crop type
    • volunteer plants which may be infected should be removed before the new crop is planted
    • fungicide seed dressings are an important strategy to minimise transfer of disease from seed to seedling
    • test seed for virus infection and replace infected seed
    • use foliar fungicides where appropriate and economic to do so.

2018 - Australia - GRDC - Jenny Davidson (SARDI, Urrbrae) and Sarah Noack (Hart Fieldsite Group, Hart)
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