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.
“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