Words supplied by Craig Rodgers, Group Manager On-Farm Sales.
For the next three months we are looking at the final sprays for finishing off our cereal and grass seed crops, getting our silos cleaned up before harvest, continuing our post emergence sprays on fodder beet, pre and post emergence sprays on forage brassicas and weed control in new pasture.
Over the next few weeks we are looking at putting on the final fungicide sprays to maintain disease free crops through to harvest.
Wheat T2 Growth Stage 39 – Flag leaf fungicide spray can be applied; Due to the possible disease pressure with the mixed weather we are having, we should be applying a SDHI fungicide in conjunction with a triazole to protect the flag leaf as a lot of potential yield comes at this time. Follow this at full ear emergence (GS61) with a Triazole + strobilurin fungicide to ensure protection from leaf rust.
Barley T1 Growth stage 31-32. Many spring sown crops will be at or coming up to this stage. A fungicide spray of a Triazole + strobilurin fungicide should be applied now. Autumn sown crops will be coming up to T2 Growth stage 39) at this time and because of the disease pressure from the mixed weather we are having, a SDHI and Triazole fungicide should be applied. Follow this at full ear emergence (GS61) with a Triazole + strobilurin fungicide.
The main fungicide application timings in perennial ryegrass for stem rust control are based on the implementation of a preventative fungicide programme. The first application must be made prior to disease being visually present in the crop. The common preventative timings are at PGR application, ear emergence and at flowering with this application, including a fungicide to control blind seed disease.
For all fungicide applications consider the negative effects of fungicides on some novel endophytes. Consult your Ruralco representative and be aware of the withholding periods following fungicide application in relation to straw being sold from ryegrass seed crops.
Silo Clean Up
This is the time to get those empty silos ready to accept the new seasons harvest. Silo hygiene is a key element in controlling stored grain pests. Key steps are:
1. Remove grain residues from empty silos and grain handling equipment, to ensure an uncontaminated start for new-season grain.
2. Clean up around silos, removing weeds and rubbish. Mow around the storage facility and ensure easy access. This area can be sprayed with an insecticide to control any overwintering pests.
3. When you have completely emptied and cleaned out your silo, we recommend you spray them and all grain handling equipment with an applicable insecticide.
4. Once you have cleaned and sprayed out your silos, we suggest you fumigate them out with smoke generators. These are used at one smoke generator per 333 cubic metres. (250 t of wheat).
Grain going into the cleaned and fumigated silo should be treated with either insecticide dust or liquid to control pests during storage.
Currently most crops have had their first post emergence sprays of both herbicides and insecticides. Over the next few weeks the second post emergence herbicide spray will be applied as well as herbicide sprays to control grass weeds and thistles. To control grass weeds in fodder beet a clethodim should be used. Sequence from Nufarm has a registration for fodder beet with a withholding period of 63 days before grazing. Haloxyfops such as Gallant should not be used in fodder beet due to residue issues. Regular insecticides sprays are needed to control aphids, a fungicide can also be applied. These should be applied at first sign of disease with a maximum of 2 sprays per season. Remember to check the withholding period of any products used when starting to graze your crops with fungicides such as Escolta having a 42-day withholding period before grazing or Custodia having a 28-day withholding period. Custodia is a new product this season.
After planting, a pre-emergence spray is normally applied for weed control. Regular insecticide sprays are also needed to control insect pests. Normally a post emergence weed spray is required. Be careful what spray you use at this stage, as the chemical used here can affect what can be grown next year. This year we have a new product from Corteva called Milestone which is used to control weeds in fodder brassicas. This covers a good range of weeds and will be available in December. Corteva also have Korvetto which was introduced last year which has short plant-back periods, excellent crop safety and kills a good range of weeds but needs to be applied when weeds are small.
Forage brassicas are an ideal crop to use IPM (Integrated Pest Management) in. IPM refers to the use of cultural and biological controls as well as selective chemical insecticides that can be used to effectively control pests in crops. Selective insecticides include Transform, Sparta and Exirel. These products only target the pests leaving the beneficial insects such as hover flies, lacewings, ladybirds and others to go about their business of controlling the pests.
It is a good idea to be pro-active in controlling weeds in new pastures. Depending what you do at this stage can affect the amount of grass produced and the longevity of the pasture. There are several different options available depending on your weed spectrum.
With all the above scenarios talk to your local Ruralco representative for the best options for you and your situation.