Luna Sen­sa­tion – New in­no­va­tion for con­trol­ling brown rot for stone­fruit grow­ers

With a new re­cent la­bel claim, the Bayer Crop Sci­ence fungi­cide, Luna ® Sen­sa­tion is now avail­able to stone­fruit grow­ers.

The Orchardist - - What’s New - Luna is a reg­is­tered trade­mark of the Bayer Group.

“Pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent ac­tiv­ity against brown rot, the most eco­nom­i­cally dam­ag­ing dis­ease of stone­fruit, Luna Sen­sa­tion brings a new flex­i­ble op­tion for grow­ers to in­cor­po­rate into their sea­sonal spray pro­grammes” says Marc Fox, Bayer Ter­ri­tory Man­ager.

Luna Sen­sa­tion is a liq­uid sol­u­ble con­cen­trate for­mu­la­tion con­tain­ing two ac­tive in­gre­di­ents. Luna Sen­sa­tion brings a new ac­tive in­gre­di­ent to the stone­fruit in­dus­try, flu­opy­ram (an SDHI, group 7 fungi­cide) along­side tri­floxys­trobin (a strob­u­lurin, Group 11 fungi­cide). The prop­er­ties of the two ac­tives in Luna Sen­sa­tion pro­vide sys­temic and long last­ing pro­tec­tant ac­tiv­ity. Prod­ucts con­tain­ing Luna demon­strate out­stand­ing ac­tiv­ity that re­duce losses in the or­chard at har­vest but can also ex­tend shelf life and stora­bil­ity in the posthar­vest sup­ply chain. “This has been demon­strated in New Zealand tri­als (see trial graph be­low) where the treat­ments con­tain­ing Luna Sen­sa­tion in the pro­gramme had zero losses to brown rot af­ter 49 days in cool­store” adds Marc.

Luna Sen­sa­tion can be used ei­ther dur­ing the flow­er­ing or the pe­riod prior to har­vest. The rec­om­mended use rate is 25 mL/100 litres of wa­ter as a di­lute spray to the point of run off. If con­cen­trate spray­ing the di­lu­tion rate should be ad­justed ac­cord­ingly. En­sure a min­i­mum of 7 days be­tween ap­pli­ca­tions and do not make more than 2 con­sec­u­tive ap­pli­ca­tions per sea­son. Do not use more than 600 mL/ha.

With a 1 day with­hold­ing pe­riod, Luna Sen­sa­tion is a flex­i­ble op­tion for pre-har­vest ap­pli­ca­tions. MRL’s are set for New Zealand but if a crop is des­tined for ex­port, Bayer ad­vises to con­tact your ex­porter be­fore us­ing Luna Sen­sa­tion.

While Luna Sen­sa­tion con­tains two ac­tive in­gre­di­ents from dif­fer­ent chem­i­cal groups, it is im­por­tant it is used as part of a sea­sonal brown rot spray pro­gramme in­cor­po­rat­ing dif­fer­ent modes of ac­tion. “For best prac­tice re­sis­tance man­age­ment it is im­por­tant that grow­ers fol­low la­bel in­struc­tions and re­strict Luna Sen­sa­tion use to ei­ther the flow­er­ing or pre­har­vest win­dow and en­sure dif­fer­ent mode of ac­tion prod­ucts are used in the other win­dow” ad­vises Marc.

For more in­for­ma­tion on us­ing Luna Sen­sa­tion in stone­fruit con­tact your clos­est Bayer Crop Sci­ence Ter­ri­tory Man­ager, merchant rep­re­sen­ta­tive or visit www.crop­science.bayer.co.nz

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