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New Fungicide Options for Increasing Chickpea Acreage

April 20, 2017

Growers in the U.S. are preparing to plant more acres of chickpeas than ever before. Many northern growers, looking for more profitable alternatives to wheat, are taking advantage of the growing chickpea market. Chickpea acreage is expected to increase by more than 50% this year, thanks in large part to a growing demand for gluten-free products.

While increasing crop options is good news to growers, expanded acreage also means increased disease risk. There are a multitude of diseases that growers must face, but fortunately Aprovia® Top, a fungicide recommended by Syngenta, is active against many of them. By preventing sporangial infection and stopping fungal growth in leaf infections, Aprovia Top helps chickpea growers manage Ascochyta blight, powdery mildew, Alternaria blight, Asian soybean rust, Cercospera leaf spot and Mycosphaerella blight.

Aprovia Top contains two active ingredients, Solatenol® fungicide and difenoconazole, to provide a measure of resistance management. Solatenol’s unique chemical structure increases its affinity to pathogens’ receptor sites and helps provide better disease control many other fungicides.  It also binds tightly to the waxy layers of crop leaves, lengthening its residual disease activity.

If you’re expanding your operation to include chickpeas or expanding your existing chickpea acreage, consider expanding your fungicide arsenal as well.

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