Farm Table says:
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.