Cause: Fungus – Ramularia rhabdospora
Control and Management: This disease is commonly located on older, lower leaves in plantain stands and in mixed pastures with plantain. Timely grazing is the primary management
Cause: Fungus Erysiphe sordida
Control and Management: Choose tolerant cultivars, timely grazing of stands is probably all that can be done to save the nutritional value of infected plants
Cause: Fungus -Cercospora pantoleuca
Control and Management: The disease appears to be of minor importance, infecting older leaves. Timely grazing
Cause: Phoma exigua and Pythium species. spp.
Control and Management: These are pathogens of plant wounds so the only control is to minimise crown damage by not overgrazing or grazing in wet conditions
Reductions in urinary nitrogen concentration are also possible where Ecotain is being fed as silage. Where 3 kg of Ecotain silage was fed as part of a kale diet to dairy heifers, urinary N was lower than heifers fed kale and ryegrass baleage (adapted from Judson & Edwards, 2016).
Ensiled plantain is black in appearance and can be high in quality, its appearance is often incorrectly assumed to be of poor quality.
Native grass grub & Porina