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Fusarium root rot (dryland foot rot)

Area of impact: Root

Description: Reddish-brown discoloration of roots and crowns (in photo see plant on right). Infected plants might occur in patches and just look like prematurely ripened plants. Plants infected with Fusarium root rot can’t absorb enough water to carry them through grain fill.

Pathogen involved: Various Fusarium species (fungi)

Timing/Conditions: Very dry soils.

Contributing factors: Common in areas with low annual precipitation.

Management practices: Rotation to a non-cereal crop and seed treatments.

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