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Luna® Privilege puts the Banana industry on the front foot

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    • Grower Stories
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    05 Juni, 2018

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    Innisfail, QLD

About

Category

  • Grower Stories
  • News

Date

05 June, 2018

Product

Location

Innisfail, QLD

The banana industry now has the upper hand in disease management, thanks to the introduction in recent years of new fungicide chemistry with an alternative mode of action to traditional chemicals.
Bill Farnsworth uses Luna Privilege

That’s according to Bill Farnsworth manager of Farmsnorth Research, a consultancy based in Innisfail, north Queensland. Mr Farnsworth works in plant protection across all the main crops in north Queensland, including sugarcane, bananas, mangoes and avocados.

His research involves testing of new compounds, testing rates, comparing the efficacy of new compounds versus registered compounds, all to gather data that will allow a new compound and product to be registered.

It’s this expertise that led Mr Farnsworth to work extensively with Luna® Privilege from Bayer Crop Science, particularly in the lead-up to its registration for the 2015 season.

“I was involved in generating trial data for APVMA to have Luna Privilege registered, and prior to its launch I did some commercial grower-scale trials to compare disease control against the standard products we used at the time,” Mr Farnsworth explains.

“I remember that Luna performed well in those trials, it didn't have any problems at all, and it was quite exciting to have a new compound coming on the market, which could be used to manage a difficult disease like yellow Sigatoka.

“Since 2015, I've continued using Luna Privilege in small-plot trials with ground spraying and it's performed very well, there's been no signs of any weakness - it's still quite an outstanding product compared to some of the older chemistry.”
Luna Privilege is unique chemistry in the banana industry as it’s the only Group 7 product available to control key banana leaf diseases such as yellow Sigatoka, leaf speckle and cordana leaf spot.

“There's not a big range of products available - there are the protectants, which are pretty steady, reliable sort of products like mancozeb and chlorothalonil, and then there's also Biopest®; oils or paraffinic oils, which offer a form of protection,” Mr Farnsworth says.

“But the systemic chemicals are vital for managing disease, and in situations where disease might get out of hand, you need something a bit stronger, something with a different mode of action - it's important to not have too much pressure on DMI triazoles by relying on them exclusively if a problem arises.

“But now with Luna Privilege providing us with an alternative mode of action, we've got the upper hand on disease management.”

Mr Farnsworth says the strong stewardship program Bayer Crop Science built around Luna Privilege was an important step in protecting this valuable chemistry with its unique mode of action.

“There's cases in the past where compounds have been overused or abused, and not used according to label or not used in limited amounts, which reduces efficacy over time, so the controls in place around using Luna Privilege for the correct application window maintains the susceptibility of the disease, which is a good thing,” he explains.

“I think Luna Privilege is going to maintain a vital role in the fungicide programmes designed to manage yellow Sigatoka, and it's important the product is used in a carefully controlled way to maintain its efficacy for the long-run, for the benefit of everyone.”

About

Category

  • Grower Stories
  • News

Date

05 June, 2018

Product

Location

Innisfail, QLD