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Farmers Should Be Scouting Pulse Crops For Disease

Pulse crops across the province are looking good, but with the recent rains, we are seeing some signs of disease.
Sherrilyn Phelps, the Agronomy Manager with Sask Pulse recently toured pulse crops around the province.
"With the added moisture we're starting to see the root rots and the aphanomyces showing up in both the lentils and peas. It's not surprising anytime you add moisture to those crops, and in areas where they've been in long term rotations that's where we're starting to see the problems arise."
She says there's also reports of anthracnose showing up in lentils and some blighting showing up on the tips or tops of the shoots on chickpeas.
With the added moisture and lush canopy the next issue for producers will likely be mold - botritis and sclerotinia.
She says it's very important for producers to look at their fields and make sure they understand the risk.
"There's fungicide applications that would focus on those molding diseases, that will be something over the next little while.  The big challenge is if you have a real heavy canopy, its really hard to get those fungicides down where they need to be."
Phelps recently spent time on the road checking pulse crops from Gravelbourg to Meadow Lake. 
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