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Plan ahead to keep crown rot at bay

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Crown rot is likely to rear its head once again this year growers can minimise its impact on yield potential by undertaking a paddock disease assessment prior to planting, selecting appropriate varieties and knowing seed purity... Crown rot is caused by the fungus Fusarium pseudograminearum and is one of the most serious disease threats to winter cereal crops in Australia... The DNA-based soil testing service PreDicta B is a reliable medium for identifying the level of risk for crown rot and other soil-borne pathogens prior to sowing but it is important to remember that using the correct sampling technique is critical to its accuracy...