Ascra Xpro: The best disease control and biggest yields
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What will Ascra mean for you?
The biggest yields
Delivering 0.3t/ha more than Adexar*
Best Septoria control
6% better control than Adexar on L1 & L2*
€46/ha EXTRA margin over Adexar*
Longer application windows without drop off in performance
Peace of mind
Delivering yield whatever the weather.
The first SDHI in the benzamide class
Complements activity of bixafen
Fast translocation through the leaf Enhances curativity against Septoria
Different resistance spectrum to other SDHIs Controls different spectrum of Septoria strains*
Enhances bixafen’s physiological crop boost
Brings greater benefits, for example on increased rooting
*Using two SDHIs is not an anti-resistance strategy – the mode of action is still the same.
The best azole Performance has separated from epoxiconazole
Ascra delivers 80% azole dose at 1.2 L/ha
Minimum needed for effective Septoria control at T2
Broadest spectrum activity of any azole
Septoria, rusts, eyespot, mildew and fusarium
The best alternative mode of action to protect SDHIs
Works with the SDHIs inside the leaf
A leading second generation SDHI
Proven performance in Aviator
Excellent Septoria and rust control
Powerful long-lasting activity
Delivers a physiological crop boost
Increase yield in the absence of disease
The best alternative mode of action to protect azoles
Works inside the leaf like azoles
Active ingredients 65g/L bixafen + 65g/L fluopyram +130g/L prothioconazole Crops Wheat Dose 1.5 L/ha
Diseases Septoria, yellow rust, brown rust, mildew, eyespot, fusarium and tanspot
Maximum treatments 2 Maximum individual dose 1.5 L/ha Maximum total dose 3.0 L/ha LERAP B Latest time of application GS61
Widely quoted studies show that 70% of wheat yield comes from keeping the top two wheat leaves free from disease for as long as possible to allow maximum photosynthesis during grain fill. So what attributes should you be looking for from your T2 fungicide?
• Excellent disease control – particularly of Septoria, but also covering other disease threats
• Curativity for kickback to clear up any disease already in leaf two
• Persistency to last through to grain fill
• Consistency in performance whether it rains or shines
• Easy application – minimise the number of cans to use and quickly rainfast to ensure area covered efficiently in disruptive weather.
What do you need from a T2 fungicide?
Disease control with Ascra
The unique properties of Ascra means that it is ideally suited to the T2 timing in winter wheat. Its ability to control Septoria and deliver outstanding yield benefits gives growers unrivalled protection for their crops and increased profitability.
Ascra boosts disease control, especially Septoria, to new levels thanks to the strong azole backbone of prothioconazole and the combination with two SDHIs in bixafen and fluopyram. The latter makes the difference – increasing curativity and bringing extra consistency – meaning performance reaches a new standard.
What does fluopyram bring?
Fluopyram is a fast-acting SDHI, distributed faster through the leaf than existing SDHI chemistry. This immediate availability increases control of latent disease in the leaf – improving curativity – and creating a product which gives not only better control of Septoria on average, but more consistent control too.
Backed by the only true primary azole – prothioconazole
Trials in the past couple of seasons have proven that prothiconazole is now in a class of its own against Septoria in the UK, consistently outperforming epoxiconazole and metconazole. This means the SDHIs in Ascra have comparatively less work to do in controlling Septoria than competitor products, creating a more sustainable level of disease control.
How does it compare to Adexar?
Ascra brings a new level of disease control to wheat flag leaf fungicides, and that difference is only increased as the need for curativity increases. In this trial, where Ascra and Adexar were sprayed 1, 3, 6 and 9 days after plots were inoculated with Septoria, there was a clear difference in control and yield from full rates of both Ascra and Adexar.
Excellent disease control is translated into the biggest yields with Ascra. Typically in trials Ascra has given around 0.3 t/ha on average over current competitors at T2 – worth around £40/ha extra margin to growers.
Top performance in 2016 AICC T2 trials
In five AICC trials, where a combination of diseases were present, Ascra was the top performing fungicide in each one producing around 0.4-0.5t/ha extra yield over equivalent rates of Adexar.
Ascra flexibility and curativity
In three independent trials, investigating T2 timings, again Ascra outperformed the competition consistently, both at the perfect T2 timing and when delayed.
How does it compare to Adexar?
Across 5 contrasting seasons, Ascra has yielded more than Adexar in nearly 70% of trials. Which one do you want to use this season?
70% of farmers who tried Ascra in 2016 improved their yields
Ascra yielded more than the standard T2 treatment of our 42 Judge for Yourself farmers in 70% of the trials. On average that equated to 0.3 t/ha more yield.
In 2016 we asked 42 farmers to compare their standard T2 fungicide treatment with 1.5L/ha of Ascra. That’s it – we didn’t specify what that treatment needed to be, or what programme they used at other timings, because we were confident that Ascra would live up to its potential we had seen in our trials.
The growers were asked to put the different treatments over a weighbridge, and send us the results.
Biggest Yields with Ascra - Growers
How it worked
Our Judge for Yourself result came in at 11.66 t/ha this year. That was more than the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) plot in the same field (11.29 t/ha), which also had extra nutrition compared with the Ascra plot. The extra Ascra yield would have been worth around £30-40/ha.
We got a good result - 0.3 t/ha yield increase from using Ascra which is fantastic. We would definitely use Ascra again, it’s a product that’s worked for us this year. With that sort of yield increase it’s a no brainer to use it again.
The Judge for Yourself result this year was pleasing, we got 0.4 t/ha increase over the farm standard worth about £60/ha. If we could have got that increase across all of our 300 hectares of winter wheat this year that would have been a nice lump of money to put into the bank.