29 May 1998

Boost for oat crops as mildew killer approved

MILDEW killer (quinoxyfen) is now approved for use in minor crops, including oats.

The approval represents a big step forward for oat producers says CSC CropCare technical manager, Keith Dawson. "Growers have been desperate for a persistent product they can use on oats because mildew is such a huge problem in both winter and spring varieties.

"Not only will this allow unparalleled mildew control, but our trials have shown that using Fortress leads to better yields and improved kernel quality and content as a result.

"The new approval could prove particularly relevant if the proposed changes to arable aid reduce payments for oilseed rape. Farmers could find oats worthwhile as an alternative break crop for wheat, especially as mildew is now economically and effectively controlled," continues Dr Dawson.

The approval also includes triticale, durum wheat and rye, for application before the first spikelet of inflorescence is visible. &#42