Diagnosing autumn-winter drought in narrow-leafed lupins
Early drought may affect germination and early growth. Water stressed seedlings are more severely affected by other constraints and may have induced nutrient deficiencies.
What to look for
- Patchy germination that may vary across the paddock according to seeding depth, soil type or other factors that affect soil moisture infiltration and storage.
- Dull coloured plants with leaflets folded in giving them a narrow look.
- Plants that have wilted and died.
What else could it be
|Diagnosing water repellence||Patchy germination||Only in water repellent soil.|
|Diagnosing rhizoctonia hypocotyl rot in narrow-leafed lupins||Patchy germination, stunted , dying seedlings.||Red-brown hypocotyl lesions.|
|Diagnosing rhizoctonia ZG6 in narrow-leafed lupins||Patchy germination, stunted , dying seedlings.||Red-brown hypocotyl and root lesions.|
|Diagnosing pleiochaeta root rot in narrow-leafed lupins||Patchy germination, stunted, dying seedlings.||Dark-brown hypocotyl and root lesions.|
How can it be monitored?
- Unless the problem is obviously due to drought, dig a hole and examine the soil profile for:
- water content
- soil texture
- soil pH
- water repellence
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