SA grain growers reap benefits from seed treatment combo - Elders Rural Services

SA grain growers reap benefits from seed treatment combo

Protecting your cereal crop during the vulnerable establishment stage is a strategy that has paid off for SA grain growers Simon and Nick McCormack.

Simon and Nick, of McCormack Farming in Barunga Gap, are fifth generation on their farm which was established in 1873. Their father Paul is still actively involved in the mixed farming operation, consisting of 2,100 hectares of cropping and 500 hectares of hill country for running sheep.

“We’ve been no-till farming since 2001 and zero till for the past five years,” said Simon. “We are also a full CTF farming system with no livestock on cropping paddocks.”

With an average rainfall of 400 mm, the McCormack’s cropping program consists of lentils, wheat, canola and barley, with benchmark returns of 4t/ha on cereals & 2t/ha on lentils and canola.

Their wheat this past season was sown in early May at 80kg/ha with in-furrow fertiliser.

Following grading, their Scepter wheat seed is graded and treated with RanconaÒ Dimension at 3.2L/t (ipconazole/metalaxyl), GuardianÒ at 1.2L/t (imidacloprid) and ZincfloÒ Plus at 3L/t (trace element), to protect the seedling during the establishment stage.

“We’ve seen improvements in the crop standing as well as higher yields using this seed treatment program,” Simon added, “which all leads to increased profits at the end of the day.”

“We’ve used Rancona Dimension for several seasons,” said Simon. “It’s been effective in managing our target crop diseases – rhizoctonia and crown rot – and it’s really easy to handle and use.”

Comprising two powerful active ingredients, Rancona Dimension offers premium protection against crown rot and rhizoctonia root rot, as well as control of smuts, pythium and bunt in wheat, barley and oats. Combined with excellent seed safety, it allows faster emergence, ideal seedling establishment and healthier and more vigorous plants.

Article written by UPL for the Autumn 2021 edition of Seasons Magazine.

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