We’re back with our AECI Plant Health segment, focusing on the squash mosaic virus. Simon Lowe, technical advisor at AECI Plant Health, joins us to identify it and ways to treat this common threat, especially if you’re a new farmer.
In this episode of Farmer’s inside track, farmers learners learn why in most cases, the squash mosaic virus does not kill the plant but reduces the size and number of leaves, ultimately reducing fruit production.
Giving a thorough breakdown on the virus, Lowe explains that the virus is seed-borne. “When they feed on infected plants, unlike other viruses affecting squashes, the mosaic virus is not transmitted by aphids.”
Control measures and treatment strategies
In the episode Lowe unpack the systems of a disease outbreak as well as some of the control measures farmers can implement to mitigate the risks and manage the virus.
Lowe suggests that the initial step is to purchase certified virus-free seeds from a reputable seed producer. “Thereafter the implementation of a tech management program should be initiated. This will include the application of various products to prevent any insect damage as well as the infestation of mosaic virus.”
Further in the episode he shares tips on dealing with the virus, why routine crop inspection is essential, as well as how farmers can ensure a profitable squash yield.
Need help? Crop advisors at AECI Plant Health are more than happy to assist with an insect management programme.
On this episode, Lowe also elaborates on:
- Identification of plant-feeding aphids;
- How the virus could influence food production; and
- Risks farmers are exposed to.
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