Jan 26, 2017
Growers: It’s time to start crop protection planning for 2017

{Sponsored} Now that the 2016 grape growing season is behind us, it’s time to look ahead to the promise and possibility of 2017.

And it all starts with early crop protection planning.

“It’s important to have a flexible disease management program in place at the beginning of the season,” said Kate Walker, technical service representative for BASF. “It is always easier to reduce the number of applications if disease pressure is low, compared to making additional applications to manage high pressure all season long.”

2016 was a difficult year for grape growers in the western U.S. Powdery mildew was out in full force due to spring rainfall.

Growers must be prepared.

“If rain continues and we have a wet winter and spring, powdery mildew will be a problem again in 2017,” Walker said. “If cool, foggy weather occurs in late summer or early fall, botrytis bunch rot may become a problem late in the season.”

Here are a few crop protection tools to consider for 2017:

  • Pristine® A premium fungicide with two modes of action for optimal disease control in grapes. Pristine fungicide helps to control powdery mildew, Botrytis, Phomopsis cane and leaf spot, downy mildew and Black rot. The fungicide is a good tool for resistance management.
  • Nealta® A unique class of chemistry for strong knockdown power and residual control of spider mites at all life stages. Nealta is compatible with many beneficial mites and insects and offers a short pre-harvest interval, application flexibility, IPM and tank-mix compatibility.
  • Vivando® A unique mode of action that provides excellent powdery mildew control and yield protection for wine, table and raisin grapes. The active ingredient in Vivando fungicide and its multilevel protection against powdery mildew improves coverage and cluster penetration.

“BASF provides a number of excellent product options including herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and biologicals to manage troublesome pests all season long,” Walker said.

For more information, visit www.GrowSmartGrapes.com or contact your local BASF representative.

Always read and follow label directions. Pristine, Nealta and Vivando are registered trademarks of BASF.

C. 2017 BASF Corporation

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