Syngenta has developed a new fungicide called Reflect, which has proven to enhance green leaf carrot tops, provide better disease control and produce higher yields; Reflect combines the goals of enhancing green leaf health and controlling a wide variety of diseases.
“Furthermore, it will help growers to extend top lifting, which is faster and cleaner, with improved packout percentage for higher root yields,” Syngenta Field Technical Manager Pete Saunders said. “It also gives longer frost protection that can reduce costly straw down and improved root quality.”
Isopyrazam, the active ingredient in Reflect, is known to produce greener leaves on carrots that can capture better sunlight and convert the sunlight to energy and increase sugar carbohydrate levels in the roots. A two-spray program, the second and fourth in a commercial carrot fungicide program, increased crop value by approximately $2,422 over using trifloxystrobin and tebuconazole programs.
“The exceptional proven strengths of Reflect can be utilized at any point in a proactive carrot fungicide program,” Saunders said. “Our experience with growers in the U.K. is that using Reflect as the second spray in the program will maximize disease-free green leaf through the optimum period of canopy photosynthetic activity. A second application of Reflect, as the fourth or fifth spray in the program, will maintain the clean green leaf for longer -- to boost yield and root quality.”
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