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Chickpeas - varietal selection, paddock planning and disease management in 2011 - CWSP (Dubbo)

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For example, at Dubbo 407 mm of rain fell on 68 days (39 days >1.0mm) between 01 June and 30 November, compared with a long-term average of 282 mm on 43 days (34 days >1.0mm)... The pattern encouraged rapid vegetative growth of crops and was ideal for the build-up and spread of the major chickpea pathogens... Ascochyta blight (AB, caused by Ascochyta rabiei ), Botrytis grey mould (BGM, caused by Botrytis cinerea ), Phytophthora root rot (PRR, caused by Phytophthora medicaginis ) and Sclerotinia rot (caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and Sclerotinia minor ) were widespread and severe in many crops...