With the 2017 season drawing to a close, there’s no time like the present to start looking ahead to 2018. No season is perfect, so starting to consider adjustments for next year’s crops will help you realize new ways to plan for disease protection.
Crop protection starts with identifying potential issues. One major disease of concern is seedborne ascochyta. In pulse crops, the disease can have a highly damaging effect on yield. When ascochyta attacks the seed, it leaves no symptoms. It is not until late vegetative stages or bloom initiation that symptoms appear. These include:
- Tan and brown lesions.
- Infection on leaves, stems and pods.
- Discolored, shriveled seeds.
With a tendency to reach epidemic levels quickly combined with diseased pods often failing to produce seed, finding ascochyta in your field could be disastrous. To head off this disease before it takes hold, we recommend Vibrance® Maxx fungicide seed treatment. It offers protection against soilborne, seedborne and seedling diseases on crops like dry peas and beans, chickpeas and lentils.
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