Healthy Mix of Fungicide Active Ingredients Helps Manage Almond Disease

With warm and wet weather predicted this spring, conditions could be perfect for early development of fungal disease in almond orchards. The valuable crop will likely need early and more frequent protection from diseases including scab and Alternaria leaf spot.

With increased disease threat, growers can’t afford to simply react, says Jeff Pacheco, technical sales agronomist, DuPont Crop Protection. “They will need a season-long game plan that includes a combination of fungicides and an application rotation to minimize resistance development.”

Resistance to Qol (strobilurin) fungicides (FRAC group 11) and SDHI fungicides (FRAC group 7) has been documented in some orchards. “To develop an effective plan, start with an orchard’s disease history. If resistance has already been a problem, rotate fungicide modes of action and limit use of fungicides with a single mode of action to one or two applications per season,” says Jim Adaskaveg, professor and plant pathologist, University of California, Riverside.

“DuPont™ Fontelis® fungicide offers flexibility for disease control plans,” says Carl Bannon, technical sales agronomist, DuPont Crop Protection. “With a single mode of action, it can be tank-mixed at a range of rates for more customized control.”

University of California field trials in Colusa County compared a variety of fungicide treatments to control Alternaria leaf spot. “In 2015 trials, a tank mix of Fontelis® and Tebucon (FRAC group 3) was rated highly effective in controlling Alternaria leaf spot on Carmel and Monterey varieties,” says Adaskaveg. “That tank-mix combination provides two modes of action and would be a relatively cost-effective option in a rotation.”

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