IN WHAT LOOKS SET to be a potentially ‘wetter than normal’ year for many wine regions, growers are likely to continue to face challenges in managing the spectrum of diseases present in Australian vineyards in the 2016/17 season.
While captan has long been a cost-effective fixture in many spray programs for the management of key diseases, its future remains unclear and use in grapes that may end up in wine destined for the EU should still be avoided.
Andrew Horsfield – General Manager Technical Development, Adama Australia, explains that his team have been busy developing effective alternatives to fill the gap left by captan.
“As the leading manufacturer of captan globally, Adama aim to provide evidence to support its use in several key wine grape markets around the world. Captan (Merpan®) is widely used by apple and pear growers in the EU to protect fruit from Apple and Pear Scab while folpet (Folpan®) is instead used in the EU in grapevines and is the leading protectant fungicide due to its higher level of Downy Mildew control.” Continue reading