Oilseed rape disease management

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Key tools and publications

Identify and manage diseases

There are four main types of disease in oilseed rape: seed-borne, soil-borne, foliar-base and viruses.

Correctly identifying diseases is vital as it determines the best control strategy.

The AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds oilseed rape guide provides information on key diseases and management options.

AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds carries out independent Fungicide Performance testing every year to see how the latest fungicide products perform against key oilseed rape diseases.

Manage risk for specific diseases

clubroot.pngClubroot is an increasing problem in oilseed rape.

Verticillium wilt is a relatively new disease to the UK.

Sclerotinia stem rot is a common disease in oilseed rape, as well as various horticultural crops. 

Phoma stem canker is one of the most important diseases of winter oilseed rape in England.