By John Wood, Certis Biologicals Regional Manager, CA South Central Valley
We’re always excited to bring new solutions into the market that you can add to your toolbox, and I’m never more proud than when the solution satisfies a real need for you, our valued customers. What makes this one even more special is because we have been working so hard at Certis Biologicals to bring the convenience and efficacy of tried-and-true product directly to you—the California tree nut growers.
This month we were granted a label extension that finally allows you to unleash the power of our fungicide/bactericide ManKocide® to protect your tree nut crops. Just in time for the start of the 2020 growing season, you will have a solution for the proven control of walnut blight, bacteria canker, bacteria blast, Alternaria, and powdery mildews.
See, I told you it was good news!
Our Kocide® family of copper solutions have long been trusted by growers because of their overwhelming reliability and performance; and, ManKocide® adds an important tool packed with efficacy and convenience – featuring a mancozeb plus copper hydroxide fungicide-bactericide formulation. I love this product because it’s a dry flowable formulation that packs the protection of copper and mancozeb into one convenient product.
Even better, this dual combination activates a multi-mode of action to maximize disease protection while minimizing the potential for resistance. That’s a winning combination in any orchard!
I’ve seen a lot of ManKocide® used in California on other crops and I can tell you that those growers also love the dry formulation because it handles and pours like a liquid, making it easy to measure, mix and spray. Even more, ManKocide® can be tank-mixed with most fungicides, insecticides and foliar fertilizers and you can apply it by air, ground and by chemigation.
I know that many of you are mixing and applying copper and mancozeb separately or in a tank mix to control bacterial and fungal diseases in your nut crops, and you will now have those two, proven solutions in one synergistic, pre-mixed package. I truly do believe that ManKocide® could be a real game-changer to your IPM program in this year’s growing season. This solution offers growers proven reliability, dual modes of action that minimize resistance and convenient, flexible application methods—what more could you ask for in any product?
If you are interested in integrating ManKocide® into your IPM program this year, contact your PCA or get in touch with me or your nearest Certis Biologicals sales representative for product availability in your area.
This is big news for tree nut growers and for California agriculture, but believe it or not, it’s not even the biggest thing we are working on bringing you this growing season. Trust me when I say that we have some huge things coming that will turn your IPM practices on their heads and give you even more biopesticide options to keep your crops safe and your bottoms lines even safer.
Stay tuned…you won’t want to miss them!
This series is part of a partnership with Tree Nut Farm Press. You can read the original here.