Growers urged to strive for premium grade pulses this season
Pulse growers are being urged to implement the necessary agronomic management strategies to ensure they deliver a premium grade product this coming harvest.
South Australian Research and Development Institute senior pulse pathologist, Jenny Davidson, says growers must be diligent and pro-active in controlling diseases and minimising seed staining to avoid having product downgraded.
Speaking at recent Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grower Updates in the southern region, Ms Davidson said care must be taken in pulse production to deliver a high quality product to the discerning global market.
“Agronomic management to minimise seed staining is crucial if growers want to receive the best price possible for their pulses,” Ms Davidson said.
This will also reduce the risk of mis-diagnosis of field mould, for which there is zero tolerance.
Ms Davidson, whose work is supported by the GRDC, said timely harvest where possible, including harvesting before rain events on the mature crop, would reduce the percentage of stained seed.
She said seed staining was higher in wheel tracks than in any other parts of the paddock and as such it was important to minimise mechanical damage in crops.
“Effective disease management including growing resistant varieties and implementing fungicide strategies will also reduce the risk of disease staining on grain that might be confused with field moulds.”
Ms Davidson said growers should not “skimp” on fungicide sprays and she encouraged growers to prepare now for sprays in spring by ordering chemicals or having them stored in a shed on stand-by. Many growers were caught with fungicide shortages last season due to the rains in Queensland and New South Wales.
“Crops should be monitored regularly as there is a heightened disease risk this year due to the carryover of a high disease load in stubbles and moist conditions throughout the year,” said Ms Davidson.
“I urge growers to know what’s happening with the weather and to get their sprays out before the rain fronts. Early control is better than late.”
Growers are encouraged to report pulse disease issues to Jenny Davidson on 08 8303 9389 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about pulse diseases is also available from the GRDC, via www.grdc.com.au/diseaselinks.
Caption: South Australian Research and Development Institute senior pulse pathologist, Jenny Davidson, says growers must be diligent and pro-active in controlling diseases and minimising seed staining to avoid having product downgraded.
More information is available from Jenny Davidson on 08 8303 9389
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