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New net blotch and rhynchosporium latent tests available

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SwiftDetect, developed by independent business Microgenetics, offer uniquely sensitive rapid crop diagnostic tests. Gain insight to make better fungicide decisions within one business day.

How many tonnes of barley have you lost to disease over the years?

With diseases such as ramularia, net blotch and rhynchosporium causing significant losses across the UK, you’ve probably found yourself caught out by at least one of these in the past.

Ramularia barley

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Part of the challenge with any cereal disease is detecting it in the first place.

Treatment during the early latent stages will give you the best chance of success, but that’s just the problem; if the disease is latent, even the most experienced farmer or agronomist can’t see it.

Of course, you could just blanket spray fungicides. It will certainly knock back these barley diseases to some extent. But what if there’s more disease in the crop than you thought?

It’ll just spring out of control when weather conditions allow. Or, what if there was no infection in the first place?

You’ve just wasted precious fungicide – not great for the environment, your purse strings or resistance.

Barley field

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So, what can you do?

Remove the fungicide guesswork for all these barley diseases with SwiftDetect: the fastest and most accurate way for you to not only find out if disease is in your crop, but how much.

The tried-and-tested method was launched in March 2021 for wheat, with the first barley test available last season for ramularia. 

The net blotch and rhynchosporium tests will complete the SwiftDetect barley portfolio, covering the most important UK diseases for the crop.

It works by testing in a lab a small sample of 10 leaves, posted to SwiftDetect.

Within one business day, you’ll have the insight to respond sooner to any disease identified and tailor your fungicide product and dose rate accordingly.

Alternatively, there may be no disease in your crop; in this instance, you could delay your spray until you really need it.

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