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One of the major factors involved in planting a new cane crop is making sure it is free of a disease known as Ratoon Stunting Disease or RSD. As we have mentioned many times before, RSD is common to all sugarcane areas in Australia and is caused by bacteria known by the fancy name of clavivater xylem Leifsonia xyli subsp. xyli.
This disease causes the stunting of cane and subsequent yield loss, particularly in older ratoon crop, hence its names. It may also affect plant cane if diseased material is used for planting.
This disease is definitely a case of prevention being the best cure. We know the disease lives in the cane juice and can be spread by anything with which the juice comes into contact. Mainly cane knives, plant cutters, planters, fertiliser boxes, and harvesters.
It is also common for older cane or cane that has grown back after a crop has been sprayed out with chemical to have RSD (such cane is known as ‘volunteer cane’).
There are some key strategies that the sugarcane industry has developed over a long period of time to manage this disease. The strategies are based on research undertaken by BSES and SRA and these are being implemented and promoted right now in Tully, mainly through the efforts of Tully Cane Productivity Services. (TCPSL).
In 2021, TCPSL is setting up a new small Hot water treatment plant in Tully to add further to our ability to Hot Water Treat cane.
With planting delayed by the wet weather up until mid-July, the demand for cane seed testing is still occurring. TCPSL has welcomed a new staff member, Ilanah Baston. Ilanah has really hit the ground running and is busy helping with the RSD testing and planting distribution plots.
RSD is always something that needs to be managed, and locally our TCPSL staff do a great job doing just that.
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