Diagnosing pythium root rot in cereals
A widespread fungal root disease that attacks seedlings but which rarely causes large yield losses.
What to look for
- Patches or whole paddocks of very poor growth.
- Seedlings pale and stunted.
- Older plants have fewer tillers and may rot and die.
- Affected plants occur in patches where soil is wetter.
- Roots stunted, short and stubby with few laterals.
- Root tips often water soaked and develop a soft yellow to light brown rot.
What else could it be
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Where does it occur?
- Cold, wet conditions.
- Wet soils and areas of poor drainage.
- Seeding directly into areas of dense dying weeds.
- Good weed control in paddock and delay seeding until weeds have decomposed.
- Use fungicide seed dressings with a Pythium-selective chemical such as metalaxyl-M .
Where to go for expert help
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