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Rapid Disease Detection


What is Rapid Disease Detection?

Bayer’s new Rapid Disease Detection technology is being developed to identify and quantify the presence of latent diseases in your crops. By identifying disease before symptoms are visible you will have a new layer of information to help inform and justify your fungicide decisions.

Watch this short video to find out more about Rapid Disease Detection.

As seen in the above short video, Rapid Disease Detection involvesampling leaves from your wheat crop and sending them to our lab partner for analysis. Within 48 hours of your sample arriving at the laboratory, you will receive your results which will tell you if latent Septoria or Yellow Rust is present in your leaf sample, and the quantity of disease DNA identified. You can then use this information to inform and justify your disease control decisions.  



What am I sampling?

This Rapid Disease Detection trial gives you the opportunity to compare the non-visible Septoria and Yellow rust levels between two sets of leaves. 

We would like you to decide how you want to use this comparison test to inform your fungicide decision on your farm. Therefore, we ask that you choose a comparison to get the most out of your results, some ideas are listed below to give you an idea, but you are free to make your own decision or you can speak to your local CTM (click here for contact details)

  • Varieties
  • Drilling dates
  • Different locations on your farm
  • Different fungicide programmes
  • Spring wheat vs Winter wheat
  • Irrigated vs Unirrigated
  • Treated vs Untreated
  • Leaf 1 vs Leaf 3

Forward Farmer, James Nott, took part in the Rapid Disease Detection trial last year and this video clip shows you his chosen comparison


When do I need to sample?

You should expect to receive your results within 48 hours of them arriving at the laboratory. Therefore, you may like to choose a date that is a few days prior to your likely spraying date to help inform your fungicide decision. For example, you may choose a date around your usual key T2 fungicide timing.

We’d also encourage you to choose a date at the start of the week (eg. Monday 17th May) to increase the likelihood of fast posting and laboratory turn around.

The sampling kit will be posted several days prior to the sampling date that you select on the registration form.


What else do I need to know?

  • If you are chosen to take part in this trial, you will need to collect a representative sample of 12 leaves of the selected leaf layer from separate plants in your chosen field
  • You will need to ensure your leaves are as dry as possible, your sampling kit will include paper towels!
  • In order to increase the likelihood of getting your results back as quickly as possible, please try and sample your leaves as early in the week as is realistically possible