BASF are demonstrating together with the brassica crop breeder Rijk-Zwaan at the forthcoming brassica Open days in Lincolnshire on the 10 to 11thOctober. The main thrust of their demonstration is to show their new multipurpose fungicide at work. Robert Storer of BASF explains that Perseus contains two highly effective fungicides ; fluxapyroxad (Xemium) and difenconazole Fluxapyroxad is a new SDHI fungicide with broad spectrum activity and difenconazole is a well-known triazole fungicide with excellent selectivity in speciality crops. “We will be demonstrating Perseus against all the current competitors which will help growers to see for themselves which products are performing the best.”
Perseus has activity on Powdery Mildew, Alternaria (Light and Dark Leaf Spot), Mycosphaerella (ringspot) and Sclerotinia, so most of the key diseases in vegetables and it has label recommendations for lettuce, potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts. Potential EAMUs are leeks, spring onions, root and tuber vegetables, herbs, spinach and baby leaf crops. “This potentially long list of crops should lead growers to keep Perseus in the spray shed every season,” says Rob.
Mr Storer says that the combination of the two complementary active ingredients means excellent efficacy as well as inbuilt resistance management, leading to maximum yield, quality and profitability for growers. Its rapid uptake and mobility means excellent efficacy, local systemicity protects new growth and its one hour’s rainfastness, maximises its spray window. Its long lasting protectant activity means robust field performance so Perseus can be relied upon as a key part of the spray programme during long seasons.
BASF have a strong reputation in the market place of supporting growers of speciality crops such as vegetables and fruit. We want to continue this commitment and support into the future, says Mr Storer. “Come along and see us at the demo and we will be pleased to talk you through our strategies for now and the future.”