Despite advances in rice production, diseases remain a major cause of yield loss in rice fields. Diseases reduce yield and quality, and ultimately increase production costs.
The University of Arkansas Research & Extension says striking the right balance in disease management programs is key to reducing diseases in rice. When creating and implementing disease management programs, consider the following factors:
- Matching varieties with fields
- Balancing nutrients
- Planting dates
- Proper water management
- Drain and dry strategies
- Hydrogen sulfide toxicity
- Field sizes
- Fungicides, when necessary
Fungicide applications can be useful in well managed rice fields. Syngenta offers Quilt Xcel® fungicide for long-lasting residual control of a broad spectrum of diseases. Quilt Xcel:
- Contains the Power of Two™ active ingredients in a ratio designed specifically for rice growers
- Offers exceptional convenience and ease of use
- Provides curative and greater preventive disease control than products with only one mode of action
- Boosts yield by extending time for photosynthesis to maximize crop growth and extend grain fill
As mentioned above, proper management and staying ahead of diseases can help produce a healthy rice field. Make sure to utilize a fungicide, when appropriate, to help maximize return on investment and ultimately grow more rice.
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