Fungicide approved against Pasmo in flax

Flax growers may now use BASF Canada’s Headline fungicide to help protect crops against Pasmo.

The company announced Tuesday it has picked up an amended registration for the strobilurin fungicide’s use in flax crops.

As a preventive against Pasmo (Septoria linicola), Headline is recommended at 120 millilitres per acre (0.3 litres per hectare) at eight to 10 days after first flower, with a minimum of 100 litres of water per hectare for ground application or 50 litres of water per hectare for aerial application, the company said.

“Over the past few years, the incidence of Pasmo in flax has become widespread, particularly in Manitoba,” said Garvin Kabernick, a farmer at Sanford, Man., near Winnipeg, and chairman of the Manitoba Flax Growers Association, in BASF’s release.

“With Headline registered for use in this crop, flax growers now have access to leading technology for effective control of Pasmo and can look forward to improved yield and returns.”

The company said the registration follows a “co-operative effort” between it and the Manitoba Minor Use Co-ordinators, the Manitoba Flax Growers Association and Flax Council of Canada.

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