2020 fungicide guide

Posted in Agronomy alert on Aug 13, 2020

2020 fungicide guides for pulse crops

Seasonal conditions have changed markedly in 2020 compared to the last few seasons, especially in the eastern states. After a hot and dry summer in many regions, with bush fires threatening many farming communities, early February and March saw widespread rain events across much of the eastern states coming from north west cloud bands.

NSW and Victoria were well above average for this period and meant that dry soils were all recharged ready for the winter cropping seasons. Follow up rain has got the season off to an excellent start.

Qld also received reasonable falls in February, but many areas have not had decent follow up falls, so crops are struggling at present.

South Australia has had some reasonable rainfall, the south eastern areas were too wet and crop planting was delayed. Overall through SA has crops off to a good start.

In Western Australia the southern and eastern grain belts have again had a dry start, similar to 2019, but recent rainfall has improved prospects.

These conditions have meant that diseases need to be monitored closely in many regions, particularly in the eastern states. Monitoring needs to be continued through the different growth stages of the crop. With good access for ground sprayers this year, allowing for high water rates and canopy penetration, timely fungicide application will give the crop the best chance of a high yield.

For more detailed information about integrated disease management, check the Publications or Pulse crop sections of our website.

Lists of all cuurent and recently pulse crop minor use permits (MUP) are provided on the Pulse Australia crop protection page.

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