A perennial burden for the UK pumpkin grower has been widely alleviated this season, thanks to chemistry that became available to 2017 crops for the first time.
Halloween is now big business for growers, with 10 million pumpkins grown every year in the UK.
But susceptibility to yield robbing powdery mildew can be a real problem, particularly due to the increasing popularity of unique and novel pumpkin varieties, that can be very susceptible to the disease.
Certis’ IPM manager, Selchuk Kurtev explains that, in common with other producers of minor crops, pumpkins have suffered from a limited crop protection armoury.
“But that has changed this year with an EAMU for Takumi SC,” he says. “Many growers have been making the most of this EAMU for use on pumpkins, which had its usage extended to pumpkin crops in November 2016.
“Adding another fungicide to the options available has helped maximise yield and crop quality by ensuring leaves and stems remain green for as long as possible, and also helps combat the problem of resistance that can occur when too few active ingredients are relied upon.
“Feedback on the effectiveness of Takumi SC has been positive and it’s been a very welcome addition to the pumpkin grower’s armoury.
“As warm and wet summers become more commonplace in the UK, it’s important to make the most of such tools to help to reduce disease, and resistance while maintaining high yields, responding to the growing popularity of pumpkins as Halloween becomes a fixture of our annual calendar.”