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Farming: Crop disease widespread.

THE National Crop Disease Survey conducted by the National Farm Research Unit (NFRU) in 2002 revealed that in winter wheat both Septoria tritici and Septoria nodorum (leaf spot) plant diseases were at the highest incidence for 10 years.

In 2002, farmers reported that more than 60% of winter wheat suffered from S. tritici, compared to the 10-year average of 47% and that 38% of the crop suffered from S. nodorum, compared to the 10-year average of 31% of the total crop.

According to the 2002 survey in winter wheat, Septoria tritici was particularly widespread last year, being identified in 60% of crops compared to 46% in 2001, 40% in 2000, 45% in 1999, 46% in 1998 and the 10-year-average of 47%. This high level was most likely due to the wet weather that came in after the particular growth stage.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 12, 2003
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