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Luna® Sensation fungicide delivers “bigger fruit, cleaner fruit, and that puts more dollars in the pocket”

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    10 April, 2019

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    Western Australia

About

Category

  • Grower Stories

Date

10 April, 2019

Product

Location

Western Australia

Veteran fruit grower Joe Giblett knows the threats disease and insects pose to successful orchard production.
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Image: Joe Giblett, ‘Red Moon’ orchard, Donnybrook WA

“The fruit has been clean and we have sold all fruit that has gone in the bin. We are getting bigger fruit, cleaner fruit, and that puts more dollars in the pocket at the end.

“We are still working on the pears. We have an area of pear scab (black spot), but the results are better than the previous two years. We are starting to get on top of it and I think a lot of that is due to Luna (Sensation).’’

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Image: Joe Giblett, John Campbell, Donnybrook Farm Service, and Bayer Commercial Sales Representative Ian Cook pictured inspecting developing pears at the Cosotti Enterprises property. 

Joe said black spot (or pear scab) and brown rot with the nectarines were some of the main diseases.

“The problem with black spot in pears is it can be a total wipe-out of the crop,’’ Joe said.

“If you didn’t spray here, you would hardly pick a pear.

“With brown rot in the stone fruit, it can be a 50% write-off for the crop too.’’

‘Red Moon’ grows Packham, Bartlett and Corel pears and Red Bright, Bright Pearl, August Bright and September Bright nectarines over 30 hectares, as well as table grapes.
The family’s fruit sells to major supermarket chains across Australia and to local markets. Joe said the diseases, as well as insects, required vigilant monitoring on a daily basis. He said before flowering and during flowering was a critical time in the stone fruit, while control of black spot in the pears was ongoing.

In recent years, together with the help of John Campbell from Donnybrook Farm Service, Joe has added the unique, dual mode of action fungicide, Luna® Sensation, to his spray program against disease.

Luna Sensation

Image: Ian, Joe and John discuss the benefits from incorporating Luna Sensation fungicide into the disease control program at ‘Red Moon’ orchard near Donnybrook in WA.

Developed by Bayer, Luna Sensation combines the active ingredient fluopyram, a novel chemical within the SDHI family, with trifloxystrobin, providing another fungicide option for growers and aiding disease resistance management.  

It controls blossom blight, shot hole and brown rot in stone fruit; black spot, powdery mildew and suppresses alternaria leaf blotch in apples; black spot in pears; and blossom blight, stone fruit rust, shot hole and suppresses hull rot in almonds.

John said most other alternative fungicides only contained one chemical group, so the combination of two active ingredients provided wider disease control.

“On the market, there is nothing that compares to Luna (Sensation) with its two chemical groups,’’ said John, who has been working with Donnybrook Farm Service for 13 years and previously as a grower in the area for 20 years.

Joe said on the nectarines he applied the fungicide at 10% flowering to control blossom blight and again at least a day before picking to combat brown rot. It is applied at 40 mL/100 L for the blossom blight and 30 mL/100 L for the brown rot through their Silvan air blast sprayer travelling at 5 km/h to ensure good coverage.

John said it was imperative to keep crops clean in the blossom blight period, as disease could set trees back and damaged fruit was unmarketable.

Joe said on the pears, Luna Sensation was applied twice, seven to 10 days apart, from the green tip stage at 30 mL/100 L, using enough water to provide good coverage to target black spot.

“We do have some big old trees, so you need to have the water volume up.’’

Luna Sensation fungicide

Image: Joe, Ian and John view the development of nectarine trees at ‘Red Moon’ orchard near Donnybrook in WA.

He said the one day withholding period with the fungicide before harvesting stone fruit was a bonus, the low application rate made it easy to use, and it delivered better results.

“It’s easy to use, easy to mix and it works. A lot of people are using Luna (Sensation) around here now.’’

“Luna (Sensation) does blossom blight and brown rot in the one spray, and one bottle will do all the orchard once, whereas with other products we will have to get half-a-dozen 20 L drums.

“It’s easier to use because you’re only putting 600 mL in a vat rather than pouring in 20 L, and it means less disposal and that’s better for the environment.’’

John said the one day withholding period in stone fruit was a huge benefit for fruit marketing if rain was received just before harvest. The withholding period in pome fruit is longer at 14 days, but this helps to control late disease outbreaks in the last two weeks prior to picking.

Joe said since using the fungicide, he had not noticed any brown rot in the nectarines.

“Before we used Luna (Sensation), we were getting odd outbreaks of brown rot, but since using it we haven’t at all.’’

“The fruit has been clean and we have sold all fruit that has gone in the bin. We are getting bigger fruit, cleaner fruit, and that puts more dollars in the pocket at the end.

“We are still working on the pears. We have an area of pear scab (black spot), but the results are better than the previous two years. We are starting to get on top of it and I think a lot of that is due to Luna (Sensation).’’

John said where growers throughout the wider region had used the fungicide, final fruit quality had been excellent.

Luna Sensation fungicide

Image: With up to 50-year-old pear trees and 24-year-old nectarine trees, ‘Red Moon’ orchard near Donnybrook in WA is in transition, with a number of new plantings having taken place.

“It has been around for three years and growers have been comfortable using it and have had minimal outbreak of disease. It has become one of the first choices because since using it, brown rot and blossom blight has not been an issue and we’ve hardly seen any alternaria in the area in the last three years – and that’s a direct result of using Luna (Sensation).

“We are fortunate (in this area) that we don’t have a lot of summer rainfall to exacerbate disease, but with Luna (Sensation) in the arsenal it’s been sensational.’’

Joe said it had certainly become a key part of the fungicide program at ‘Red Moon’ for the future.

“Luna (Sensation) is essential to this operation here now because the proof is in the pudding – why would we change.’’

Joe encouraged growers to help ensure the longevity of the fungicide’s unique chemistry for the future.

“New chemistry is extremely important in the industry because things change and we can get resistance. We have to follow the label to the exact point or we are going to ruin the chemistry. That’s why we use it properly – so we can still use it in 10 years time.’’

John said mixing up the chemical groups used through the middle part of the season was critical to help prevent resistance.

About

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  • Grower Stories

Date

10 April, 2019

Product

Location

Western Australia