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Growers warned to be on alert for aphids

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While the recent cold weather has impacted aphid numbers and activity, the pressure earlier in the season means that there is a level of primary infection in some crops which could escalate rapidly if aphid numbers build significantly in spring... According to NSW Department of Primary Industries plant pathologist Joop van Leur, testing to identify the virus species present in faba bean is still in progress early indications are that the main virus present is Bean yellow mosaic virus (BYMV) with smaller incidences of Bean leafroll virus (BLRV) and other luteoviruses... Consultants and growers are being urged to monitor aphid populations closely in the lead up to spring and implement control strategies early to avoid severe virus infection later in the season...
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