Syngenta Summer Autumn Guide 2020 - Page 41



SEED AND SOIL-BORNE DISEASES
Seed and soil-borne pathogens present the first risk in the cropping year.
They have the potential to reduce the number of healthy plants able to
establish and are a long-term risk to yield and quality.
We are able to protect against them through effective seed treating.
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KNOW YOUR RISK
It is important to understand the quality of your seed by testing for seedborne diseases.
Below are the key diseases to test for in wheat and barley.
WHEAT
Bunt
Microdochium
If you suspect a further problem in wheat, test for Fusarium seedling blight,
Septoria nodorum, ergot and loose smut.
Remember, having clean
seed is one aspect of
minimising disease risk.
Don’t overlook the risk in
your soil.
BARLEY
Leaf stripe
Loose smut
Loose smut and leaf stripe can seem to be of a low risk if the number of infected
seeds are low – disease levels will increase rapidly if seed is not treated.
If you suspect a further problem in barley, test for ergot, Microdochium and
Fusarium seedling blights and covered smut.
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