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Soil disease tests critical ahead of 2015 barley plantings

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"If disease levels don't break down over the summer, crops will be at risk next year, especially if growers select new varieties that aren't disease-tolerant," said Mr Sonogan, who is also an agronomic consultant based at Swan Hill (Victoria)... PreDicta B samples are processed weekly from February to mid May ( less frequently at other times of the year ) and tests are for most of the soil-borne diseases of cereals and some pulse crops, including CCN, crown rot, rhizoctonia root rot, take-all, Pratylenchus thornei, Pratylenchus neglectus, stem nematode and blackspot... Having examined the roots of crops during the 2014 growing season, Mr Sonogan said he observed non-typical expression of CCN disease this year...