Diseases hit Mallee

FARMERS should be closely monitoring their crops to avoid yield losses from a range of diseases that could hit this spring.

Agriculture Victoria grain pathologist Luise Sigel said recent conditions had been ideal for disease development.

“Diseases will be best controlled using a proactive fungicide response before the diseases fully develop,” Ms Sigel said.

“It is not a year to wait and see.”

Powdery mildew, septoria, stripe rust, scald, blotch and blight have all been recorded in crops in the Mallee or Wimmera.

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