If the recent weather events in North Queensland weren’t damaging enough, the aftermath can bring more challenges for growers. When attempting to get planting schedules and production back on track, pests and diseases that proliferate in periods of warm temperatures and prolonged wet conditions have the tendency to strike.
Bacterial (Leaf) Spot is one of the most damaging diseases of sweet pepper production in sub-tropical, dry tropic environments like North Queensland. High relative humidity and heavy leaf moisture (dew/rainfall), combined with warm weather favour infection.
An integrated disease management program, of which genetic resistance is an important part, is vital for managing the effects of Bacterial Spot.
Growers who are revising planting schedules and looking at selections for upcoming plantings should consider varieties that offer enhanced genetic resistance to Bacterial Spot to help avoid losses from this devastating disease.
Seminis sweet pepper varieties bring enhanced disease resistance packages suitable for the North Queensland region, including one that is X10R® (Bacterial Spot race 0-10) meaning it has high resistance to every known Bacterial Spot race in the world.
Don’t be beaten by Bacterial Spot. For more information, visit Seminis’ Pepper Disease resource library here or contact your Seminis Regional Business Manager to discuss which variety is right for you.