Specialty crop growers in California and Arizona can now use Bayer’s Velum One, a wide-spectrum nematicide that increases root health and suppresses key diseases, according to the company.
The product label indicates Velum One is for use on Brassica, head and stem, subgroup 5A; Brassica leafy greens, subgroup 5B; melon subgroup 9A; nut, tree, group 14-12; pepper/eggplant subgroup 8-10B, squash/cucumber subgroup 9B; and strawberry and tomato subgroup 8-10A.
Velum One suppresses nematodes below ground, but also works by moving upward from the roots into the leaves of the plant to suppress key diseases and promote early season crop establishment. This activity has been shown to protect roots and establish the crop by limiting damage from a range of nematodes and key diseases, such as powdery mildew.
Trials have shown that Velum One aids in increasing yields as it protects plants from nematodes and disease, according to the company.
“In tomatoes, for example, we’re seeing significant yield increases both from Velum One versus untreated and more importantly when Velum is added to grower-standard programs,” said Joel Lipsitch, Bayer product manager. “The combination of nematode and disease control really gives growers confidence that they are maximizing their yields and return on investment.”
Velum One is applied early in the growing season via drip chemigation. While it’s not meant to replace a fumigant, Velum One is most effective when used as part of a complete nematode management program, according to Bayer.