22 June 2001

Beet rhizo checks advised

CHECK late-drilled sugar beet for rhizomania symptoms from July, advises IACR-Brooms Barn.

"High moisture levels combined with later drilling into warm seed-beds are conditions conducive to rhizomania, especially on lighter soils," warns plant pathologist Mike Asher. "If there is a year when the disease is likely to show up then this is it."

Growers suspecting infection are legally obliged to contact their plant health and seeds inspector at their DEFRA regional service centre, says Dr Asher.

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