Applying fungicides to seed, or in furrow at sowing, are common management practices for managing cereal seed borne and fungal diseases – particularly bunts, smuts and powdery mildew. Similarly, seed treatments are becoming more important for the control of foliar diseases such as net blotches in barley and rusts in wheat.
As with any input, it is important to choose the right product mix and the right rate to get maximum efficacy. It is also key that the product being used is registered for the disease being targeted. Fungicides should always be considered as part of an integrated package of control measures including planting resistant varieties and using alternative active ingredients in treatments.
Seed treatment guides are produced to help with grower’s decision making when it comes to seed treatments and in furrow fungicides and choosing the right mix of treatments for their situation.
The SARDI Cereal Seed Treatments 2017-18 booklet, combines observations from 2017 and lessons for 2018 with the latest information on new seed treatment products and underlying principles for choice of seed or in-furrow treatments.
The fact sheet Seed dressing and in-furrow fungicides for cereals in Western Australia provides information on fungicide/ seed dressing active ingredients that are registered for wheat, barley, oat and triticale crops in Western Australia.
For more information on seed treatments read our article Save now, pay later – don’t skip cereal seed treatments. For a comprehensive overview of all states disease resistance ratings, visit the ExtensionAUS Cereal disease guides page.