In need of a fungicide for your crop? Fungal plant diseases occur when conditions conducive to survival of the fungi are present and are closely linked to the weather.
Fungicides are used to:
- prevent or control plant diseases
- maximise yield & quality in crops grown for food
- manage healthy turf and ornamental plants
Before using a fungicide to manage disease, talk to us about:
- choosing a suitable & cost-effective option for your situation
- information on crop or plant safety
- harvest or grazing withholding periods
- best practice in managing fungicide resistance
Contact Tableland Fertilizers for advice on a disease management solution that’s right for you.
‘Contact’ or ‘protectant’ fungicides
Contact or protectant fungicides prevent fungal disease from taking hold by forming a protective layer on the outside of plants. They prevent the fungus from entering and damaging plant tissue.
The fungicide must come into direct contact with the fungus and needs to be re-applied to new plant tissue as the plant grows or if the product is washed off.
Although they can slow or stop the development of new symptoms, many of these fungicides only prevent disease, so must be applied prior to infection. They are not highly effective after symptoms have developed.
‘Systemic’ or ‘penetrant’ fungicides
Systemic or penetrant fungicides are absorbed by the plant, moving from the site of application to other parts of the plant, to protect from the inside.
A fungicide may also be described as having ‘curative’ properties if it offers the ability to control disease when applied immediately post-infection or when symptoms are first observed.
The disease in question should be carefully identified before treatment to achieve the most effective outcome.