[ASC-media] SEEDING WITH FUNGICIDES TO INCREASE WHEAT YIELDS: Local Farmer Group Network

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Mar 15 18:18:32 EST 2006


 15.3.06
 
 SEEDING WITH FUNGICIDES TO INCREASE WHEAT YIELDS

 

In-furrow fungicides could increase wheat yields by almost five per cent and
offer up to three months protection from diseases infiltrating growers'
paddocks.

 

The Kellerberrin Demonstration Group, with support from Northam-based Farm
Focus Consultants and the Department of Agriculture (DAWA), conducted a
three year investigation, which was initiated after the 2002 stripe rust
outbreak.

 

In 2004 the highest yielding treatment of flutriafol, plus a foliar
propiconazole application, gave an extra $67.20/ha, which more than covered
the cost of the fungicide and application.

 

Jeff Russell of DAWA said that in-furrow applications of flutriafol on wheat
sown into wheat stubble could increase yields and safeguard crops from
diseases.

 

"Fungicide applications at seeding protects crops, creates a safety net
against disease outbreaks and helps growers with their tactical spray
applications later in the season," he said.

 

The trial was conducted through the Local Farmer Group Network (LFGN), which
has encouraged agribusiness consultants to work directly with local growers.
The Network's website is then used to exchange these trial results with
other groups.

 

Based at the University of Western Australia, the LFGN has helped
co-ordinate the Agribusiness Trial Network, with support from the Grains
Research and Development Corporation.  

 

James Eyres, Farm Focus Consultants, said that while the results didn't
suggest growers should always use in-furrow fungicides, they helped the
decision making process in a wheat on wheat scenario. 

 

"All the three years using flutriafol in-furrow gave a modest, yet
significant, yield increase in the range of three to five per cent.

 

"The results give growers in the Kellerberrin district confidence that in
the circumstances of wheat on wheat, low leaf disease pressure and yields of
2.5 tonnes per hectare or more, they should at least get their money back
using flutriafol," he said.

 

A wet summer across the WA grainbelt has kept the green bridge in-tact and
could result in growers battling yield deflating fungal diseases in the 2006
season.

www.lfgn.org.au


Authorised by LFGN and issued on its behalf by Brendon Cant & Associates,
Tel 08 9384 1122


Media Contacts: Paul Carmody, LFGN Co-ordinator 0427 997 878; James Eyres,
Tel 08 9622 5095; Jeff Russell, Tel 08 9690 2000.

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