Vegetable Research & Innovation

Field evaluations of effect of seed fungicide treatment on seedling establishment

This report outlines the project “Epidemic development of ascochyta blight”, which completes the third and last year of work in the MAF Sustainable Farming Fund project “improved pea production for sustainable arable farming”. Based on the findings we recommend that fungicide seed treatments should continue to be routinely used for peas because they provide worthwhile insurance against soilborne seedling diseases that can harm seedling establishment, and provide some protection against epidemics of downy mildew in young crops.