UK: Rice helps farmers control potato cyst nematode

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Without knowing the details, the suggestion of using rice to help control potato cyst nematode (PCN) sounds more of an April Fool’s Day spoof than good technical advice. But Stephen Williams, Syngenta field technical manager, is serious about the role of rice grains in tackling PCN as a means of assessing the effectiveness of incorporation technique.

“If incorporation of nematicide is too shallow, roots will be growing in an unprotected zone and are more susceptible to attack,” he warns.

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