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TN farmers asked monitor paddy crop for diseases

Coimbatore, Nov. 27:  Rice farmers in Tamil Nadu have been advised to monitor the crop for rice blast and false smut diseases in paddy.

University experts foresee an outbreak of such diseases in paddy because of the abnormal weather prevailing in the rice growing areas of Tamil Nadu.

Urging farmers to monitor the crop more closely, the Director for Plant Protection Studies at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University here said the blast symptoms appear as spindle-shaped lesions with white to grey-green darker borders. “Rice grains are replaced by a mass of velvety spores due to the false smut infection, which burst open between the glumes. To control this disease, spray Propiconazole or Copper hydroxide at boot leaf and at flowering stage,” the director said in a release.

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