Growers access new tool for RLEM fight

Growers access new tool for RLEM fight

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HELP AVAILABLE: Graingrowers now have access to an additional tool for control of redlegged earth mite (pictured) in canola crops. Photo: A WEEKS, cesar

HELP AVAILABLE: Graingrowers now have access to an additional tool for control of redlegged earth mite (pictured) in canola crops. Photo: A WEEKS, cesar

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CANOLA growers will be able to access an additional tool for control of redlegged earth mite with changes to a chemical registration.

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CANOLA growers will be able to access an additional tool for control of redlegged earth mite with changes to a chemical registration.

The Pegasus(r) miticide/insecticide label has been varied to include control of RLEM, Halotydeus destructor, in canola.

This registration was supported by research conducted by sustainable agriculture research organisation cesar through a GRDC investment.

GRDC pests manager Leigh Nelson said the label variation was welcome news for the nation's canola growers.

"RLEM is a major threat to a variety of Australian crops and pastures, and canola seedlings are among the most susceptible to attack," Dr Nelson said.

"Feeding on canola seedlings by mites can cause distortion and shrivelling of leaves, and when infestation is at a significant level, affected seedlings may die."

Dr Nelson said increasing RLEM resistance to commonly used chemistries was of real concern to the grains industry, so the registration of another insecticide option would assist in extending the longevity of available chemical controls.

"It's another tool in the toolbox for our growers," he said.

"But as is the case with the use of any available chemistries, for best results Pegasus(r) should be used as part of an integrated pest management program that includes cultural practices, seed treatments and rotation of insecticides with different modes of action."

According to the label, Pegasus(r) can be applied to canola from the cotyledon stage when action thresholds are reached.

Growers are advised thorough coverage is essential and they should not apply more than two applications in any one crop.

Four other chemical groups are registered to control RLEM in grain crops: organophosphates (Group 1B); synthetic pyrethroids (Group 3A); phenylpyrazoles (Group 2B); and neonicotinoids (Group 4A). The latter two are registered only for use as seed treatments.

cesar director Paul Umina said resistance to pyrethroids and organophosphates in RLEM was widespread in WA.

"These resistances have also been detected in some South Australian mite populations and are expected to be confirmed in other regions in future," he said.

"Having more chemical options for management is crucial to the longevity of chemical options for RLEM."

Syngenta's Head of Portfolio ANZ Peter Holmes said working with the GRDC and cesar to extend the label for Pegasus(r) wa part of Syngenta's innovation model to deliver solutions for more sustainable agriculture.

"It takes 11 years of research and development and millions of dollars to bring a new crop protection product to market, which is why it is so important that existing products are used safely and sustainably," Mr Holmes said.

"The label extension of a popular product such as Pegasus(r) will enable growers to sustainably control RLEM and manage further pest resistance."

To assist growers with their efforts to control RLEM and address insecticide resistance, the GRDC in conjunction with the National Insecticide Resistance Management working group has recently updated the RLEM Resistance Management Strategy and expanded it to include all grain growing regions.

"I encourage growers and advisers to download this document and become familiar with the management options available and insecticide rotations recommended for RLEM," Dr Umina said.

  • Details: View the resistance management strategy at bit.ly/2uAgLYC
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