Managing Rhizoctonia root disease

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Amanda Cook, Senior Research Officer with SARDI at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre on upper Eyre Peninsula, discusses Rhizoctonia root disease and the work she has been conducting to lessen its impact on cereal crops. Research has shown that a canola crop will reduce Rhizoctonia inoculum levels resulting in increased cereal yields the following year, and this strategy can be used in paddocks that have had a history of Rhizoctonia. This research was conducted as part of the projects “Developing break crop options on upper Eyre Peninsula S4/05” and “Managing root diseases on upper Eyre Peninsula through disease suppression S3/05”, funded by South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT).

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