A New Era For Field Beans

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New products or registrations for field beans are few and far between but Syngenta now have clearance for ELATUS™ ERA, providing preventative control of chocolate spot and rust on field beans.

John McCarthy from Syngenta comments, we are pleased to have clearance for ELATUS™ ERA on field beans in the Irish market. Both active ingredients – Solatenol and Prothioconazole – are new to the crop and offer valuable alternatives, which up to now has had limited fungicide options.

ELATUS™ ERA is cleared for one application per crop and the recommended rate is 0.66 l/ha.

Syngenta trials indicate that ELATUS™ ERA delivers higher levels of rust control and activity on chocolate spot that is at least as good as the available alternatives.

Chocolate spot is probably the most common disease of field beans and is favoured by cool wet conditions. Winter beans or early sown spring beans are most susceptible. If left uncontrolled, chocolate spot can cause early defoliation and very significant yield losses,explained John. 

Bean rust is also increasingly common and many popular varieties are susceptible.

Rust is favoured by warm weather, hot days and cool humid nights. Infections typically begin in May but become more apparent from June onwards. 

Chocolate spot beans
Bean rust

Disease Control Programmes

John explained timing is critical to the success of disease control programmes.

Successful disease control on field beans requires a programmed approach. On winter beans this is usually three fungicide applications while two are usually sufficient on spring beans. The key timings are early and late flowering.

Control chocolate spot preventatively by starting the disease control programme early and keep the interval between fungicides tight. Ensure that you apply the second fungicide within three weeks of the first application,John added.

ELATUS™ ERA can be used at either the early or late flowering timing. We have a preference for the earlier timing, because while rust is considered to be a disease that occurs later in the season, initial infections when cleared up early will prevent bigger challenges later,he said.

The maximum application rate is 0.66 litres per hectare on beans, which is lower than the label rate on cereals.