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Crop Protection News : Protection of Wheat Crops from Yellow Rust

Dr. P.S.Sekhon, Head, Department of Plant Pathology, PAU said that initial infection foci of yellow rust have already been observed in Ropar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Hoshiarpur and at few locations in SBS Nagar, Gurdaspur and Pathankot.

Present weather conditions are highly favourable for spread and development of yellow rust. Occurrence of rain and high velocity winds have helped in the spread of yellow rust to other places in Punjab.

Dr. Sekhon advised the farmers to monitor the wheat crop regularly. If symptoms of the disease are noticed in the field, then spray the crop with any one of the recommended fungicide like Tilt or Shine or Stilt or Compass or Markzole or Bumper so as to prevent its further spread.Spray should be done on clear sunny days and in the event of rain after spray, it should be repeated.

The spray should be done with cone type nozzle using recommended volume of water.