Septoria seems to have a lot different names but it’s a fungus that infests wheat crops and is predominantly in early planted crops that have been exposed to long periods or wet weather.
It lives on stubble and in soil, waiting for new plants to infect, with wind helping to release spores all autumn, winter and spring.
What effect does it have on crops and how do you treat it?
Our regular experts on agri-chemicals at BASF have introduced us to the man who can help us understand what wheat disease is and what you can do to battle the problem.
Grant Hagerty is the Technical Development Manager NZ: Crop Protection.
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