21 January 2021, Punjab: KrishiVigyan Kendra (KVK), Ropar advised farmers to be highly vigilant against yellow rust of wheat that has knocked the doors in Ropar, although currently the incidence is minor and localized. KVK,Ropar has issued an advisory for the wheat farmers against yellow rust disease in wheat crop and also exhorted farmers to avoidunrecommended sprays of fungicides.
Dr. G.S.Makkar, Deputy Director (Trg.), KrishiVigyan Kendra, Ropar said that yellow rust disease appears as yellow coloured, linear powdery stripes on the leave. He informed that in a series of routine crop surveys conducted by KVK Ropar under the guidance of the Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, a team of KVK scientistsvisited few villages in Anandpur Sahib block on January 18, 2021 and recorded minor incidence of yellow rust on wheat in two closely located farmer fields in village Manakpur.
He said that the farmers of village Manakpur were guided to differentiate between the yellow rust symptoms from general yellowing of leaves due to other reasons. Dr.Makkar added that farmers must keep a close vigil on the fields and if symptoms appear, timely interventions for its management reduce the chances of its further spread and economic loss.Relevant literature was also distributed among the farmers for their awareness.KVK, Ropar has also dedicated a helpline number (01881-220460; 9501965408) for the farmers to seek immediate advice from experts.
Dr.Pawan Kumar, Asstt. Professor, (Plant Pathology) told that the present weather conditions are favourable for yellow rust disease and farmers must monitor their wheat fields daily and in case they find symptoms of yellowing on wheat leaves, they must spray the crop with 200 g Caviet 25 WG (tebuconazole) or 120 g Nativo 75 WG (trifloxystrobin + tebuconazole) or 200 ml Opera 18.3 SE (pyraclostrobin + epoxiconazole) or 200 ml Tilt 25 EC/Shine 25EC/Bumper 25 EC/ Stilt 25 EC/Compass 25 EC/Markzole 25 EC (propiconazole) in 200 litres of water per acre as soon as the disease is noticed.