14 June 2001
Yellow-flecking puzzles experts

By FARMERS WEEKLY staff

EXPERTS are stumped over what is causing an outbreak of yellow-flecking affecting wheat across the country.

While the condition is thought to be triggered by stress, Bill Clark of farming consultants ADAS admits he is unsure what could have caused the stress.

That could be the recent combination of bright sunny days and cold nights, poor seed-beds, late-drilling or droughty soil. Nobody really knows, he said.

I do not think it is serious in terms of yield loss; there probably will be an effect, but that is more related to whatever is causing the stress, he edded.

While Malacca bore the brunt of the problem last year, Claire seems to be worst affected this year, said Mr Clark.

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