Farm Table says:
The take home messages from this GRDC funded research are below. Please access the full via the link below for methodology, references, acknowledgements and discussion.
Take home messages from the paper include:
- Due to a combination of factors there is likely to be increased cereal plantings in 2020, once the opportunity arises
- Failed pastures with decent levels of grass development are potentially high risk scenarios for cereal diseases in 2020 as grasses host many of the causal pathogens
- Unfortunately, prolonged dry conditions increase the risk of cereal diseases including Fusarium crown rot and common root rot
- There has also been a decline in populations of beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizae fungi (AMF)
- However, steps can be taken to minimise impacts which include:
1. Know before you sow (e.g. PREDICTA®B)
2. Implementing pre-sowing management options
3. Sowing quality seed known to have both good germination and vigour
4. Assessing root health and infection levels around heading – you need to ‘dig deeper’ than just leaf diseases!