WESTERN PRODUCER — BASF has a new fungicide for pulse growers on the Prairies.
The product, called RevyPro, can be used against “early and late western Canadian pulse diseases,” BASF Canada said in a release.
“When we say early and late-season diseases we mean, anthracnose in lentils, mycosphaerella in peas and ascochyta in chickpeas,” a BASF Canada spokesperson said in an email. “Later-season diseases in pulses include white mould (sclerotinia) and gray mould (botrytis).
The active ingredient in RevyPro is Mefentrifluconazole, a Group 3 fungicide.
Health Canada first approved the fungicide, commercially known as Revysol, in 2019.
“Our Revysol fungicide will provide our Canadian growers with an outstanding new tool for disease management,” said Jon Sweat, vice-president, BASF Agricultural Solutions Canada, in 2019. “This AI (active ingredient) is the result of years of research and expertise, designed to help growers manage their toughest disease challenges, including resistant plant pathogens.”
At the time, BASF released two Revysol fungicides for use on fruits, vegetables, sugar beets and turf grass.
The most recent formulation, RevyPro, was designed for pulse crops.
“This solution was developed specifically for this market, at BASF research farms, and has proven performance on major pulse diseases regardless of a pathogen’s resistance status,” said Sylvain Mialon, brand manager, fungicides, cereals & pulses at BASF.
The fungicide could help with anthracnose in lentils, as research shows that a large percentage of anthracnose strains cannot be controlled with Group 11 fungicides (strobilurins).
“It (fungicide resistance) is widespread across the province,” Michelle Hubbard, a pulse crop pathologist with Agriculture Canada in Swift Current, Sask., said in 2021.
“There is an excellence chance they (lentil growers) have some insensitivity in their fields, already.”
RevyPro is expected to be available to pulse growers next year for the 2024 growing season.