CONDITIONS are right for bunchy top disease to flare in cotton crops this season unless growers take action to eliminate infected, off-season, feral plants that have potential to contribute to the spread of the disease.

Speaking at a Rabobank cotton field day at Norwin on the Darling Downs, Queensland Department of Agriculture senior scientist, Paul Grundy, Toowoomba, said a survey of cotton growing regions throughout Queensland and NSW had shown significant levels of feral cotton growing in off-field situations.

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SOURCE: FarmOnline