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Start the cereal season with strong programme

Published on 28/07/2023

Commercial manager Daren Mabey says the speed and complexity of mutations in septoria and ramularia particularly have challenged cereal growers globally for over a decade. He emphasises that diligent stewardship of new and existing chemistries is vital.
“It’s important to start the season with a
strong programme and stacked DMIs will do that. It’s something to be thinking about even early on. Growers should be thinking about last year’s crops and what they could do better.”

DMI stacking is where two DMI fungicides
(Group 3) with different cross resistance profiles are applied together. These are used to control fungal diseases Including Septoria (Zymoseptoria tritici or speckled leaf blotch) in wheat, ramularia (Ramularia collo-cygni) in barley, and eyespot (Pseudocercosporellaherpotrichoides) in a variety of cereals.

Bolide from Adama features an innovative
combination of stacked epoxiconazole and prochloraz - complementary DMI actives.

Daren Mabey says within a disease pop
ulation such as septoria there are a range of isolates with varying sensitivity to DMI fungicides.

“The benefit of ‘stacking’ DMIs is that
the isolates insensitive to one DMI can be controlled by another. New Zealand trial results have demonstrated that the Bolide co-formulation provides increased efficacy and yields when you compare it with applying similar solo DMIs.

“Bolide has proved an excellent solu
tion to control septoria, ramularia and eyespot, all serious threats to cereal crop yield.

“DMIs should be considered the back
bone of septoria fungicide programmes in wheat, Bolide provides an excellent, and flexible option providing early season disease control at either the T0 or T1 timings.

“Bolide is an excellent fit at the T1 tim
ing with critical protection of leaf 3, as it emerges. Tank mixing Bolide with Phoenix at T1 timing is encouraged to further boost efficacy and resistance management.”

As Bolide combines protectant, curative,
and eradicative properties it is also an option for later season diseases including rust, powdery mildew and ear disease complex.

Multisite fungicide Phoenix (folpet), also
from Adama, works against septoria on three sites.

Currently there is no known resistance to
folpet. Phoenix also enhances DMI uptake, increasing their speed of action and efficacy.

Phoenix works against septoria and ramu
laria at a cellular level, inhibiting spore germination and cell division, and reducing in the mitochondria.

Septoria is a real risk to yields, especially in
the high-value and more susceptible varieties.

Septoria and ramularia aren’t the only cereal
diseases where Bolide can contribute.

“It is also an excellent fit for controlling eye
spot, where required, at T0 timing.”

Eyespot is
a common disease affecting wheat, barley, oats, rye, and triticale. Effective control is particularly important where there is elevated disease pressure - for example – in some susceptible varieties or in second year wheat paddocks.

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