Cereal disease guide
2022 in review
Disease pressure was extreme due to the amount and frequency of rainfall during August to November. The Wimmera, for instance, reported its highest total and frequency of rainfall in the past 100 years. This provided ideal conditions for disease development and spread, challenging management due to reduced spray days and/or paddock accessibility. The wet conditions also provided ideal conditions for head infection by diseases in wheat; predominantly associated with stripe rust, but also fusarium head blight and septoria nodorum blotch. Despite losses to disease, in many cases, integrated and proactive disease control significantly reduced losses.
2023 cereal disease management
Cereal diseases will require proactive management during 2023 as there will be disease carry over on both volunteer cereals growing over summer and on stubble. The wet conditions across north-eastern Australia over summer will increase the risk of early rust infections due to the widespread green bridge.
Soil-borne diseases are a risk to cereals. Testing prior to sowing (PREDICTA B®) allows paddocks at risk to be identified and less susceptible crop varieties sown.
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