Get cover against seed-borne diseases in potatoes
01 November 2022, UK: Seed treatment of potato tubers with Maxim 100FS, to reduce seed-borne disease pressure, can enhance crop emergence and growth that will ultimately harvest increased marketable yields with higher quality – including more consistently sized tubers and improved skin finish.
The move to Maxim 100FS liquid seed treatment delivers more even application and coverage of the seed tuber surface, to achieve consistently reliable results against seed-borne diseases, according to Syngenta Technical Manager, Andy Cunningham (below).
Liquid fungicides applied correctly to seed can give good coverage, be cleaner to use and removes an operation on the planter, allowing operatives to focus on getting crops planted in good order, he points out.
Research and field trials with Maxim 100FS has shown a greater number of eyes opening and consistent crop emergence, along with stronger earlier crop rooting. The result has been increased tuber numbers and more even tuber size at harvest, along with improved skin finish.
“A further advantage of is the distinctive red colour, which clearly indicates seed tubers have been effectively treated,” he advised.
To assess for potential seed-borne disease issues Andy urges growers and agronomists to have intended seed stocks inspected at source for signs of infection at the earliest opportunity.
“This gives the chance for Maxim treatment before seed is delivered onto farm, or to organise for on-farm treatment.” Growers operating on just-in-time delivery for planting, or not set up to handle or store seed, can have seed conveniently treated at source.
“A further advantage of Maxim 100FS is the distinctive red colour, which clearly indicates seed tubers have been effectively treated.”
MAXIM 100FS has activity against a range of seed-borne diseases of potato seed tubers including Black scurf (Rhizoctonia solani); Silver scurf (Helminthosporium solani) and Black dot (Colletotrichum coccodes). Field observation has also seen valuable effects on Common scab (Streptomyces scabies) and Dry rot (Fusarium spp).
“Optimising crop emergence using Maxim 100FS seed treatment, coupled with Amistar and Nemathorin to tackle soil-borne pathogens and pests, gives the foundation for crop yields and tuber quality,” advocated Andy.
Andy’s Top Tips to get the best from tuber seed treatments:
- Inspect or test seed early to assess treatment requirements
- Apply liquid seed treatment to achieve even tuber coverage
- Use Team Sprayers’ Storemaster CTC2 for application
- Choose Maxim 100FS to control a wide spectrum of skin diseases
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