Warning for would-be canola growers

Marcroft Grains Pathology principal Dr Steve Marcroft says growers need to check the blackleg disease ratings for canola before planting for this season.

Marcroft Grains Pathology principal Dr Steve Marcroft says growers need to check the blackleg disease ratings for canola before planting for this season.

MALLEE grain growers who are considering to plant canola this season are being urged to take preventative measures against blackleg disease.

The disease involves fungal spores being released from canola stubble and is spread by wind and rain splash.

Victorian Farmers Federation vice-president Brett Hosking said canola could become a more popular crop for farmers this season as prices were still holding up in comparison to cereal grain prices.

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