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Australian chickpeas need fungicides

Australian chickpeas require fungicide applications against the disease, ascochyta blight ( Ascochyta rabiei), according to the Department of Agriculture and Food’s Wayne Parker. The development officer says that many varieties had “grown out of any protection” from fungicidal seed coatings. But current infection levels in crops should be low. “The ascochyta blight spore load will be low because there have not been substantial chickpea plantings in the last four years for ascochyta blight disease loads to increase,” he says. Applying the appropriate fungicide should help prevent any build up of the disease in chickpeas. Either one application for varieties such as Genesis 510 or two for less resistant varieties such as Genesis 836 is advised.

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