Growers plan ahead to beat soil-borne diseases

Tasmanian grain growers have tested their soil for soil-borne diseases ahead of seeding this season.

Diseases can lead to reduced crop competition for weeds, increased crop damage from some herbicides and a reduction in cropping options, South Australian Research and Development Institute principal scientist Dr Alan McKay said.

“If growers know which soil-borne pathogens are in their soils prior to seeding, they can take evasive action and avoid potentially serious crop losses,” Dr McKay said.