Diagnosing ring spot in cereals
A foliar fungal disease of cereals that can occur throughout the Western Australia wheatbelt but is unlikely to affect grain yield.
What to look for
- Leaves have small brown spots 1-4 millimetres (mm) with dark brown rims and pale brown centres.
- Look at soil surface near affected plant for spiky fungal structures sticking up about 3-4 mm. These are produced from previously infected grass seeds.
What else could it be
Where did it come from?
- The disease is most common where grass weeds have been a problem the previous year.
- As spores are spread by raindrop splash, the disease is particularly common in wet areas.
Grass weed control
- Fungicide treatment is rarely required.
- Reduce grass weeds, particularly brome and barley grass.
- Avoid successive cereal crops.
Where to go for expert help
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