Overcoming the Challenges of High Disease Pressure and Saturated Fields
The winter of 2016-2017 has been an interesting one across the Western states, especially here in California. With all the precipitation this season, we are faced with some challenges that some of us have not seen before and may never see again. Standing water from overflown rivers and creeks, along with seepage ground that won’t drain, creates an excellent environment for pathogens and stress to develop in permanent and field crops alike. The higher than normal humidity for prolonged periods presents its own unique set of problems with regards to disease pressure.
Because we may be dealing with these problems long after the water has receded and fields have dried out, anything we can do to help crops overcome these extraordinary stresses will benefit their overall health and longevity. By adding Megafol and Kendal to our spray tanks, we can help improve plant health and reduce stress. Megafol and Kendal help crops recover by optimizing their own natural health defenses with strength and nutrition.
Megafol® is a unique 3-0-8 nutrient formulation that contains a plant extract matrix that has many beneficial effects on the treated crop. Megafol increases plant metabolism which results in stronger crop vitality. This can increase photosynthesis and utilization of nutrients. An application of Megafol helps maintain and improve the growth of crops under stress, regardless of the type of stress. Apply Megafol at a rate of 10-48 ounces per acre, depending on the crop.
Kendal® is also a unique nutrient supplement designed to improve the ability of plants to handle stresses and maximize nutrient utilization. Kendal is high in potassium, which is well known for its ability to increase cell wall thickness, creating a physical barrier to prevent pathogen entry and spreading within the plant. It is also an excellent tank mix partner with fungicides. Apply Kendal at a rate of 1-2 quarts per acre, depending on the crop.
Both products mix well with other nutrient and plant protection chemicals. They both provide solutions to overcoming the water stresses and high disease pressure that are a factor in all crops this growing season.
- Greg Selna, Product Manager, Western Business Unit