11/10/17 - Adama New Zealand introduces Phoenix® and Bolide® to combat increasing Septoria resistance in cereals.
Over a decade ago, the UK and Ireland started to see cereal crop yields taking a hit due to eroding fungicide efficacy. By 2013 Septoria tritici (speckled leaf blotch) resistance was happening in New Zealand. Septoria is acknowledged to be the number one yield-robbing threat in wheat, here and in the UK and Ireland.
A recent visit by Andy Bailey, Technical Specialist at Adama UK, and internationally experienced in fungicides development and resistance management, put a spotlight on what New Zealand can learn from the overseas experience. He spoke about his experience and research findings to local agronomists and industry influencers during his week-long stay in Canterbury. With the UK and Ireland already much further down the resistance path, his messages made for uncomfortable listening.