Fungicide vital to save tubers

25 July 1997




Fungicide vital to save tubers

LUSH canopies and damp soils mean it is not hard to find stem blight in crops from Yorks to Cambs, says David Hudson, potato specialist at Sutton Bridge, Lincs.

"We are now looking at some quite nice quality tubers and there is no cracking to talk about. But some of the stem blight is quite low down and will be dribbling spores on to the tubers."

Preventing that happening by applying an anti-sporrulant fungicide will be vital, he suggests.

"You really need a two-pronged attack. You must keep the canopy clean to stop disease spreading. We favour cymoxanil/mancozeb products like Curzate and Systol for that."

Tin-based fungicides or possibly Shirlan (fluazinam) will be required to prevent tuber blight developing, he says.

CROP PROSPECTS

&#8226 Serious blight year.

&#8226 Reduced plantings.

&#8226 Long-term storage concerns.

&#8226 Severe test for new products.

&#8226 Intensive spraying advised.


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