Published on Tue, 03/18/2014 by BASF Canada

Protecting pulse crops from severe weather

Prairie weather is unpredictable. Growers know that can mean anything from cold snaps, to droughts, to flooding and everything in between. Poor weather conditions threaten crop quality and yield which can mean the difference between getting a premium price and having the crop rejected at market.

Canadian lentil growers using products with AgCelence experience crops with greener leaves, stronger stems, and larger seeds. This results in improved crop yields, quality and harvestability. 

The best way to guard against weather stress is to address challenges early with best management practices including a proactive fungicide application. Priaxor DS, from BASF, provides more advanced disease control for peas, lentils and chickpeas with its added plant health benefits for consistent disease management and better management of stress.

Pulse growers want a product with multiple modes of action to fight disease and guard against external stresses. When spraying with Priaxor DS, it’s not just about disease control, but also improving overall plant health. With its multiple modes of action, Priaxor DS includes the same active ingredient found in Headline for the AgCelence benefits of greener leaves and better stress tolerance. The fungicide also includes a unique, new active ingredient, Xemium. Xemium brings unique mobility characteristics and increased disease protection.

Lentil grower Kennan Fahlman from Holdfast, Sask., was looking for new ways to strengthen his crop against unstable weather conditions. After trying a test plot of Priaxor DS, he saw many added benefits.

“We’re used to seeing a lot of disease at times with especially stressful weather conditions. Fungicide itself is of huge importance,” he says. “Priaxor DS — with its added mode of action — is one of the main reasons why we went with that as a test plot. We could see the increase in a number of areas, including yield, standability, more plant growth, and the greenness of everything.”

Thanks to its AgCelence benefits, research shows that plants treated with Priaxor DS use nitrogen more efficiently, increase photosynthesis, and reduce ethylene production, leading to bigger, stronger plants that can better manage minor stress.

As Fahlman can attest to, Canadian lentil growers using products with AgCelence experience crops with greener leaves, stronger stems, and larger seeds. This results in improved crop yields, quality and harvestability.

“The AgCelence benefits of using Priaxor DS are virtually things that we can’t go without. That would be the standability, the harvestability, the increase in yield, the greener plant growth; just a number of things which give us a long-term benefit growing that crop.”

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