Take-all in winter wheat - management guidelines (HGCA Autumn 2006)

Soil type

Crops on light soils (sand, sandy loams and loams), where the fungus spreads more easily, tend to have most disease. Yield loss is often greater on these soils, as well as chalky downland soil, which are more drought-prone, than on well structured and water retentive soils, eg chalky boulder clays.

Second wheats on fen peats can also be particularly severely affected by the disease, as can crops on other low pH soils.

However, risk can differ even within a soil series. For example, among chalky boulder clays, crops on the Ragdale series are more prone to take-all than those on the Hanslope series. Therefore, local knowledge is important when assessing risk.

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