Great yields need a great start.

This harvest has seen some huge yields coming off, which is great to see and which places New Zealand amongst the best arable farming nations in the world. Growing these fantastic crops doesn’t just happen though. It relies on the skill of farmers to bring together the many factors needed to grow a wheat or barley crop. Not least, farmers need to ensure their crops are treated with quality seed treatments to ensure fungal and insect pests are controlled from the very start. Seed treatments such as Poncho+Raxil for barley and Poncho+Raxil+Galmano for wheat. Raxil provides very cost effective control of the seed borne diseases smuts and bunts of both wheat and barley. Galmano, which is registered for use on wheat, provides excellent control of stripe rust through to GS30.

The widespread adoption of these seed treatments  - almost all New Zealand wheat and barley is treated – has reduced overwintering smuts, bunts and stripe rust  to the point where it has become almost impossible to find these diseases

Poncho very effectively controls cereal aphids, the transmitter of Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) protecting cereals from aphid attack during the first important weeks of crop establishment.

Controlling aphids that infect the crop early in its life is important to ensure that primary BYDV infection is controlled. These first aphids to infect crops, the early colonisers, soon breed and it is when their young start to  move around the crop that the large stunted yellow patches, so characteristic of BYDV infection develop.  It is secondary BYDV transmission that results in large yield losses and which has to be prevented.


How do Poncho, Raxil and Galmano work?

Poncho starts working immediately once the seed is planted. Straight after sowing Poncho is released from the seed forming a protective halo around the seed. As the seed germinates it takes up Poncho from this halo and Poncho is transported throughout the plant to deliver root to tip protection. Poncho controls aphids in multiple ways – as a contact poison, stomach poison, anti-feedant and repellent. Poncho leaves aphids little room to escape.

Galmano works in a similar manner ensuring that stripe rust infections are controlled from crop emergence right through to around GS30. Raxil works in a different way providing control of surface located diseases by effectively disinfecting the seed surface.

Early weed removal

Once the crop is planted the next important activity is to control both grass and broad-leaved weeds as soon as possible. This is why Firebird is ideal. It not only controls a wide range of weeds, including difficult ones such as vulpia hair grass, poa annua and field pansy, but it can be applied as soon as the crop is planted. Applying Firebird immediately after planting not only ensures weed control is in place before soils become difficult to travel on but it releases time to focus on important autumn activities.

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