A multi-faceted approach to soil borne disease management
Vegetable growers and their advisers have identified soil borne
diseases as one of their main challenges for soil management
and crop protection. Soil borne diseases cost Australia’s $4 billion
vegetable industry an estimated $120 million each year.
Generally, soil borne disease management has become more
challenging due to fewer crop protection options, more intensive
production systems and consumers demanding perfect-looking
produce, while at the same time wanting growers to minimise the
use of pesticides. Growers and advisers also said that they are
interested in integrated control methods and looking after soil health.
The artilce summarises a the crop and disease requiring the greatest focus by the project.