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Supercharged copper fungicide

Published on 08/12/2016

ChampION++ features highly uniform copper hydroxide particles whose average size is one of the smallest available for this type of chemistry. This enables low rates of active ingredient to be applied per ha.
What’s more, says Nufarm technical expert Alan Cliffe, ChampION++ is BioGro certified as an approved crop input for organic growers.
“ChampION++ is all about doing more with less. Because of the way it has been formulated, it provides excellent coverage and disease control with low use rates.”
Containing 300 g/kg copper as copper hydroxide, the new product is registered for control of a wide range of fungal and bacterial
diseases on fruit, vegetable and brassica crops.
Key markets include pipfruit, avocado, citrus and grapes, but it is also registered for feijoas, kiwifruit, stonefruit, asparagus, onions, tomatoes and pine trees, among many other crops.
Alan Cliffe says the new formulation was a global development project with the specific goal of raising the bar for modern copper
Not only are the copper hydroxide crystalline particles contained in ChampION++ smaller than most other coppers currently available, they are highly consistent, so it delivers a greater number of smaller, more precisely shaped particles (average size 1.8 micron) to give better coverage of the leaf surface.
Because smaller particles have proportionately greater surface area, the result is a higher release of Cu++ ions, which in turn
means lower use rate and subsequent environmental loading.
“It’s a unique combination,” Alan says. “And there are also some other important benefits associated with the product.”
The WDG formulation is low-dust, stable, free flowing, easily pourable and quick to disperse in water.
It contains a highly efficient and environmentally friendly biodispersant which suits both conventional and organic use, and paper
packaging for ChampION++ means there is no plastic container to dispose of after use.

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