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GRDC Crown Rot Fact Sheet - Southern and Western Regions

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Assess crown rot risk in paddocks by checking crops for browning of the stem base or by taking soil and stubble samples for analysis... Key messages for crown rot in cereals keeping crown rot inoculum at low levels is by far the most effective way to reduce yield loss from this disease... About the crown rot disease: T his fungal disease is hosted by all winter cereals and many grassy weeds; C rown rot survives for many years in infected plant residues and infection can occur when plants come in close contact with those residues; H igh cereal intensity and inclusion of durum wheat in cropping programs are factors which increase crown rot levels; M ajor yield losses occur when disease levels are high and there is moisture stress during grain fill...
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