With some diseases having similar symptoms, separating them can be a challenge. In barley Ramularia and net blotch can share the same chlorotic halo appearance; Septoria and Tan Spot are strikingly similar in wheat; as is the stem-based complex. And that stripe, lesion or spot may not be a fungal disease but abiotic spotting via a range of potential stress factors, or as a result of pest damage.
We’ve put together a little quiz to test your knowledge on disease identification and management!
For each disease you will find out the importance of the disease in terms of potential yield penalty, how to identify the disease in its early stages and our advice on the best control strategies
It’s not uncommon for the flag leaf on wheat crops to be infected inside, but without any visible signs. Latent disease testing is one way of countering this problem, whilst optimising and justifying disease control programmes.