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Oilseed rape disease control


Disease control is important in all crops to ensure full yields are realised and Dr. Stephen Kildea, from Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss disease and growth regulation control in rape.

Oilseed rape crops have powered ahead this year and most crops are in great shape for the winter.  Plantings of oilseed rape are up by 30% and forward prices are up by nearly 50%.

But, disease control is important in all crops to ensure full yields are realised and Dr. Stephen Kildea, from Teagasc, joined Michael Hennessy on this week’s Tillage Edge podcast to discuss disease and growth regulation control in rape.

Stephen said both Phoma and Light Leaf Spot were a problem and need to be controlled in most crops.  Walking crops and assessing disease levels is important and also to assess if a growth regulator is necessary.

Stephen stressed the need to control disease but also to have a large green canopy next spring to minimise nitrogen inputs.

For more episodes and information from the Tillage Edge podcast go to: www.teagasc.ie/thetillageedge