Grains Research and Development

Date: 03.03.2014

Sclerotinia Stem Rot in Canola

Sclerotinia in canola fact sheet

Key points

  • ––An outbreak of sclerotinia stem rot is highly dependent on the season.
  • Prolonged wet or humid conditions during flowering favour the disease.
  • ––Consider past outbreaks of the disease as a guide to potential yield loss.
  • ––Avoid growing canola in paddocks with a history of sclerotinia stem rot over the past four years, or in adjacent paddocks.
  • ––Well-timed fungicide treatments – when canola crops are at 20 to 30 per cent flowering stage – can be highly effective in reducing the level of infection.

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GRDC Project Code PLN 000005

Region National, North, South, West