New control available for fungal disease in top fruit

BASF has made a new scab and mildew fungicide available to apple and pear growers for the coming season.

Image: BASF
Image: BASF

Based on the broad-spectrum fungicide fluxapyroxad, Sercadis can be used preventatively on all apple and pear varieties, starting at the beginning of bud burst prior to disease development and repeated at 7-10 day intervals, depending on disease pressure and weather conditions.

With a dose rate of 0.25 to 0.3 litres/ha depending on disease pressure, Sercadis can be applied up to three times a year, the last to be no less than 35 days before harvest.

Scab is one of the most prolific and most common diseases of apples, particularly Cox, followed by powdery mildew.

BASF agronomy manager for fruit and vegetables Simon Townsend said: "The use of Sercadis results in no russetting or bronzing effects. It also provides additional physiological effects on top fruit and has flexible recommendations. We think it is a step forward in the fight against diseases."


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