ORONDIS® Flexi fungicide proves its worth
The Syngenta GrowMore site, at Bowen, in north Queensland demonstrated the benefit of a preventative fungicide programme for local agronomist, Scott Hudson.
Mr Hudson, from Elders Bowen, visited the GrowMore site last year and was impressed with the Syngenta spray program and event.
“There were a few things there that proved to me how good the chemistry was,” he said.
Disease control was excellent in a rockmelon crop. The spray program contained ORONDIS® Flexi, which contains two modes of action and has activity on downy mildew, powdery mildew and gummy stem blight in a range of cucurbit crops.
“They said a week before we were there the untreated was still looking good,” Mr Hudson said. “There was a week of rainy weather and disease got into it. It was chalk and cheese.”
“The challenge was trying to find if there was any powdery or anything else where they had been spraying it.”
With three key diseases on the label for cucurbit crops, ORONDIS® Flexi fungicide offers growers an excellent preventative option to use within their programme, to keep their crops clean through the season.
“I mainly got it in for gummy stem blight,” Mr Hudson said. “We haven't had it here bad for a while and then this year we just noticed it in a few spots. I was keen to use it after seeing what it had done at the trial.”
Gummy stem blight can occur at any growth stage of the cucurbit crop, restricting water and nutrient uptake resulting in significant damage to both the quantity and quality of the produce.
ORONDIS® Flexi fungicide is a preventive tool that can be applied up to 14-day intervals. Application at seven-day intervals ensures optimal protection during humid weather and when the crop is rapidly growing. A maximum of two applications can be used per crop.
Mr Hudson said ORONDIS® Flexi mixed well with other products in the tank and had performed well under commercial conditions this season.
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