Wheat Disease Management
A well-thought-out disease-management program, including best management practices, proper seed protection and selection and fungicide applications using multiple modes of action, should be implemented to sustainably manage diseases. The following Bayer solutions are valuable tools to consider for your program.
Because cereal fungal diseases can overwinter and survive in crop residue, crop rotations can help reduce the inoculum of fungal leaf disease pathogens. Fungicide seed treatments can also provide a healthy start for seedlings, especially in cool and damp spring conditions. EverGol® Energy from Bayer is a seed treatment fungicide that promotes more root growth for faster crop establishment. It controls seed and soilborne diseases such as Rhizoctonia and features a combination of fungicides incorporating a complementary mode of action that supports resistance management.
Bayer also offers a seed treatment that offers both a fungicide and an insecticide to protect against common wheat diseases and insect pests. Gaucho® XT is a low-dose, seed-applied, excellent disease package with the benefit of two fungicides for early season protection against Rhizoctonia, Pythium, Fusarium, root rots, smuts, as well as early season suppression of powdery mildew and leaf rusts. It also acts as a “plant protectant” to deliver long-lasting insecticidal protection that moves within the plant tissues and protects against damage caused by aphids, wireworms and early season Hessian fly.
A number of fungicides are available for both early-season and late-season control of these common leaf diseases. Chemistries from two of the most commonly used classes of fungicides – triazoles and strobilurins – provide good to excellent activity against wheat leaf diseases. Wheat growers should consider fungicides with systemic movement and curative properties for the broadest protection from cereal foliar diseases.
Prosaro® fungicide provides unsurpassed activity against head diseases such as scab (Fusarium head blight) and glume blotch. With a combination of two chemistries, Prosaro® provides both fast action and a long residual. Moreover, Prosaro fungicide controls various types of leaf diseases like rust, Septoria leaf blotch, tan spot and powdery mildew. It’s a good choice to ensure grain quality and enhance yield potential.