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Prevention of False Smut on Rice
Recognize the problem
smut causes yellowish to orange small balls to develop on the grains which
later turn black. The incidence
of false smut is increasing more
and more among rice growers, especially among small seed productive farmers.
This is due to changing weather conditions and continuous rice cropping.
False smut is a soil, seed and air
borne fungal disease. It causes reduced rice quality and means farmers get a
low market price. The pathogen that causes false smut can survive in soil
from harvesting time to flowering time of next crop. But we can control this
problem easily with prevention methods. But we can control this problem
easily with prevention methods.
plough to at least six inches and practise sun drying the field during the
certified disease-free seeds
- Spray a fungicide 5-7 days
before flowering stage only once (carbendazim, hexaconazol)
- Remove alternative hosts,
including grassy weeds, especially Common barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crus-galli) and Jungle rice (Echinochloa
When using a pesticide, always wear protective clothing and follow the instructions on the product label, such as dosage, timing of application, and pre-harvest interval.
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