New fungicide set to target canola, more pulse diseases

A NEW, powerful dual mode of action fungicide reaching new benchmarks for affordable, high level disease protection in cereals and some pulse crops under permit is now expected to help combat key diseases in canola and more winter pulse crops from next season.

19 July 2018

 

Veritas, developed by Adama, contains the active ingredients azoxystrobin and tebuconazole, providing an optimum balance between protectant and systemic disease control and offering important resistance management benefits to growers.

After already achieving robust control of the main diseases in wheat and barley, and in some pulses, Veritas is now expected to achieve registration later this year for use in canola to help control sclerotinia and blackleg diseases, as well as in a wider range of pulse crops including chickpeas, faba and broad beans, field peas, lupins, lentils and vetch.

For sclerotinia, Veritas will have a recommended application of 1-1.5 litres per hectare at 20-50 per cent flowering.

Adama Head of Portfolio, Dror Dagan, said best results would be achieved when applying Veritas as a preventative application prior to significant disease and in rotation with a fungicide from an alternate mode of action group.

Dror said water rates of at least 80 litres/ha for ground applications and 30L/ha for aerial spraying would be advised to ensure good coverage. Higher rates of 100-150L/ha would help further improve coverage and product effectiveness.

For blackleg disease, Veritas will have a recommended application of 1.5L/ha at the two to six-leaf stage and, under high disease risk situations, growers will be advised to apply a further application of an alternative blackleg fungicide at the green bud stage.

In pulse crops, Veritas will have a recommended application of 0.75-1L/ha two times per season to control ascochyta and botrytis diseases. In faba beans, field peas and vetch, there would be opportunity for up to three applications on a 14-21 day spray interval.

It would be advised to apply from the first signs of disease or when conditions favour disease, with thorough coverage of all foliage ensuring excellent control.

Dror said as a dual mode of action fungicide with additional crop health benefits, Veritas offered excellent disease control across a wide spectrum of diseases and would be a very economical option for growers.

“Given reduced sensitivity and resistance to fungicides has already been observed in crops, new modes of action are welcome additions to our fungicide options,’’ Dror said.

“Adama places strong focus on improving the technology available for broadacre disease control and the value for money offered to growers.’’

For further information on Veritas, growers, advisers and agronomists can contact their local Adama representative, or by visiting www.adama.com/australia/en/crop-protection/fungicides/veritas.html.

(This article appeared originally in the July 2018 issue of Rural Business Magazine)