In 2016, Cheryl Trueman compared several different cucumber downy mildew control programs in plots at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. These studies indicated that the highest level of control was achieved using a three product rotation of Orondis Ultra A+B, Torrent and Zampro.
Several different product rotations were compared including:
Bravo-only applied 6 times.
a high input strategy that focused on optimal control and resistance management: Orondis Ultra A+B; Torrent; Zampro; Orondis Ultra A+B; Torrent; Zampro.
a low-input strategy that focused on early control and resistance management, switching to lower-cost fungicides in the final weeks of harvest: Orondis Ultra A + B (plus Bravo); Torrent; Zampro; Bravo; Bravo; Bravo.
a single application of Orondis Ultra, applied early followed by the other targeted downy mildew fungicides (Orondis Ultra A + B; Torrent ; Zampro; Torrent; Zampro; Torrent).
Control – no fungicides applied
Leaf Area Infected
Single Orondis Ultra in rotation
Final yields for both the high input and single Orondis Ultra (in rotation) were both significantly higher than the Bravo only programs. The yields for the high input program, were significantly higher than all other treatments.
The 66th Annual Muck Vegetable Growers Conference will be held April 12-13 at the Bradford and District Memorial Community located at 125 Simcoe St., Bradford, ON. The conference is free and registration starts at 8:30. For more details please see: http://www.uoguelph.ca/muckcrop/muckconference.html
The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) is looking for grower input into the Canadian organic research needs and priorities assessment process. The OACC are coordinating this national process on behalf of the Research Needs Task Force of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable. The information collected through this process will be used to guide organic research priorities to direct organic funding, and so it is important that organic stakeholders in Ontario have their say.
Cheryl Trueman, Ridgetown Campus – University of Guelph; Janice LeBoeuf, OMAFRA, Ridgetown
Bacterial spot, caused by a group of Xanthomonas bacteria, is an ongoing challenge for field tomato growers in Ontario. For many years, a program of fixed copper sprays was used to manage bacterial spot in plug transplants and field tomatoes. Knowing that copper and other products are relatively weak on bacterial disease, the strategy was to suppress populations early in the season while they are still low. Once symptoms are present, the bacterial populations are so high that we would not expect to have a significant impact on disease development with a spray program. Continue reading Managing Bacterial Spot in Ontario Field Tomato Production→
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