Fontelis® Testimonials from Growers
When it comes to controlling diseases in some vegetable and tree crops, DuPont™ Fontelis® fungicide can be used to manage a range of diseases across eleven different crop groups and more than 65 individual crops. These include Botrytis in Onions, Sclerotinia in Leafy vegetables and Brassicas, and Powdery mildew in a range of crops. For full details refer to the label.
The short withholding period in some vegetables is often a significant benefit, and in addition some producers have reported excellent disease control when Fontelis is used in their program, resulting in good quality crops and benefits like better storage of Onions.
Here are some of success stories from growers, and their experiences with Fontelis® across Australia.
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Short withholding period of Fontelis® an excellent fit for lettuce
The short withholding period of DuPont™ Fontelis® fungicide has made it an excellent fit in the spray program on the Swanport Harvest property, at Murray Bridge, in South Australia. Farm Operations Manager, Davinder Singh, said before using Fontelis® they had major problems with Sclerotinia rot in the lettuce crops. “Normally we have problems. When the ground is covered with the full leaf, and no air goes through, we start getting Sclerotinia, but now with the new product, Fontelis®, I haven’t had any problems,” Mr Singh said. “Before the minimum was a 14 day withholding period, now we have a three day holding period and I can apply before harvesting. We are getting very good results.” Fontelis® has made a huge difference to the amount of plants that were harvested, with an increase from 50 per cent of the crop to 75 per cent. Mr Singh said he was introduced to Fontelis® by his local agronomist as an option in the late stages of the lettuce crop in a period where no other fungicide was suitable.
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Farm Operations Manager, Davinder Singh, of Swanport, at Murray Bridge in SA, has had excellent results by using Fontelis® fungicide late in the crop.
Better quality onions with the help of Fontelis®
The use of DuPont™ Fontelis® fungicide has helped Greg Gartner of Glenroy Plains Produce, at Penola in the south-east of South Australia, grow onions that store particularly well. Mr Gartner said they trialled Fontelis® in the 2013/14 season and used it across the onions the following season. “We had a fair crack at it and got it on at the right stage,” he said. “We really had no problem at all and it was probably our best storage year that we’ve had ever. The product seemed to work very well for us, in the rotation of chemicals that we use. It is a very important product for us.”
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Greg Gartner, of Penola, SA, uses Fontelis® fungicide to produce higher quality onions for storage.
Fontelis® fungicide program vital for quality onions
A program that includes the DuPont™ Fontelis® fungicide has been an important factor in producing high quality onions on the Rathjen properties at Caloote, near Murray Bridge and between Keith and Bordertown in South Australia. Steve Rathjen said Australian markets were very focussed on premium quality, good looking bulbs and they aimed their spray program at achieving those results. “Quality is our top focus,” he said. “It doesn’t always happen with weather but we aim to grow quality on every acre we plant.” In recent years Fontelis® fungicide has been used on the farm and has helped achieve their quality goals and is also another chemistry that can be rotated through the program.
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Brendan and Steve Rathjen use Fontelis® fungicide to achieve high quality onions on their South Australian properties.
Chemistry protecting crops from diseases in Bundaberg
Agronomist Josh Green, of Hortus Technical Services, in Bundaberg, said bacterial and fungal diseases could quickly become an issue, particularly in wet conditions, and they relied on different chemistry to keep the crops clean. “I am using Fontelis® frequently in Tomatoes, so I'm timing it for both Alternaria diseases and Powdery mildew. It has got a short withholding period so it fits in well, even during picking or just prior to picking." "I find it performs fairly well on Alternaria diseases and we have recently had some issues with Powdery mildew so Fontelis® has been in the program for that disease as well." DuPont™ Talendo® fungicide is another option used by Mr Green. In tomatoes Talendo® is utilised as a preventative spray for Powdery mildew. “It has got a short withholding period so when Powdery comes in close to picking, you know you can still use it as a preventative spray," he said. “Some cucurbit growers are using it. I’d time it at flowering or before Powdery comes in."
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Josh Green, of Hortus Technical Services, Bundaberg, QLD, is using a range of products to keep crops clean of disease.
Protectant fungicide program paying dividends at Bundaberg
A program of protectant fungicides is helping achieve a goal of high quality fruit and vegetables on the Attard Farms enterprise at Bundaberg, in the Wide Bay region of Queensland. Jason Attard said they grew Rockmelons, Tomatoes and Zucchinis as their horticultural crops and relied on a range of fungicides to keep free of diseases. The DuPont™ Fontelis® fungicide, is an option utilised across all three crops grown on the property and helps control a range of diseases including Early Blight, Grey mould, Powdery mildew and Gummy stem blight. “We use quite a bit of Fontelis®," Mr Attard said. Gummy stem is our main problem and we are finding that, with Fontelis®, it is pretty good. The last few years we haven't had an issue. ”The DuPont™ Talendo® fungicide is another option utilised by Attard Farms for the control of Powdery mildew in cucurbits and tomatoes.
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Jason Attard, of Attard Farms, Bundaberg, uses a range of fungicides to produce high quality fruit and vegetables.
New chemistry helping produce quality vegetables at Bundaberg
A range of new fungicides have come to market recently to help Andrew Martens, of Marto Farms in Bundaberg achieve his aim of growing high quality vegetables. Mr Martens said they were a medium to large horticulture producer in Bundaberg and grow Watermelons, Pumpkins, Capsicum and Zucchini. DuPont™ Talendo® fungicide is one recent product that has been well utilised by the enterprise to protect against Powdery mildew. "Fontelis® is another one that we enjoy using,” Mr Martens said. “We think that we get a lot more benefits out of it using it earlier and it seems to give us a little bit more strength in the plant later on. "He said they had also used DuPont™ Zorvec® Enicade® fungicide after it was released early in 2016 with good results.
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Andrew Martens, of Marto Farms, Bundaberg, QLD, has used a range of new chemistry options in recent years to help achieve quality vegetables.