Confidence in Encartis fungicide stems from longevity. Although the solution only became available to golf course superintendents last fall, the BASF team involved in the research and development of Encartis fungicide has for nearly a decade understood the possibilities of the formulation in waiting.

Encartis fungicide contains a pair of active ingredients, including boscalid, the active ingredient in BASF’s Emerald base fungicide. The reliability of the other active ingredient, chlorothalonil, needed little explanation. Almost everyone reading this article has experience using chlorothalonil to control disease.

“When I look at some of the other products we’ve brought to market, we haven’t needed to use as much energy for this because we’ve used two proven products: Emerald and chlorothalonil,” according to the rep. BASF Technical Principal Kyle Miller. “In addition, we had Encartis already ready eight years ago to put on the market. We’re really excited that superintendents are now thinking, “You know what? There really is a good choice for Encartis in my spray program. “

This adjustment lies where Miller and his BASF teammates envisioned it. Encartis becomes a reliable fungicide to help control dollar spot on fairways. Unlike some other fungicides, there are no geographic or turf barriers with Encartis. Courts from Newport, Rhode Island to Newport Beach, California can potentially benefit from integrating Encartis into their disease control programs.

“It’s a product we use across the country,” Miller says. “We’ve had it in varsity trials from the West Coast to the Midstate, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Desert Southwest. You name it, we got it everywhere. That’s how we get a really good idea of ​​how well the product will perform, no matter what part of the country you’re in. There’s a good fit everywhere, so we wanted to test it everywhere.

First full year of availability further boosts confidence in Encartis fungicide. From drought in parts of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Great Plains, and West Coast to soggy stretches of the Midwest and Southeast, the summer of 2022 has given the BASF team to observe the fungicide under a myriad of conditions.

“Every year is a little different,” Miller says. “Somewhere in the country, it’s been a really tough year. Because this product is nationwide, we’ve been to these places, whether it’s places that haven’t had enough humidity, or places that have had too much humidity, or places where it was very, very hot. We have seen it used at all levels. Again, it was stellar. It performed super well in all kinds of weather conditions.

As expected, superintendents are using Encartis fungicide as an early and late season spray in dollar spot control, especially on cool season turf. But superintendents are beginning to find other uses for the fungicide. In the Southeast, for example, Miller says Encartis fungicide is applied to seaside paspalum and Bermuda grass fairways late in the growing and tropical storm seasons. Encartis fungicide can also be used on greens, passes, approaches and tees. But BASF remains committed to positioning Encartis fungicide as a fairway-focused solution.

“It certainly suits better as a fairway application,” says Miller. “You have two AIs in there doing a good job on some of the issues we have in the fairways. It’s a price for the fairways. It is an economical way to control dollar spot and many other diseases. Have we seen it used on the greens, tees and around the greens? Shit yeah. But I would still say that this product has been very popular as a driveway spray.

“It’s just because so many superintendents were using Emerald and they were adding chlorothalonil, because at the time of year they were using Emerald, they also had leaf spots in those areas. They tank-mixed the two. We made it easy for them. Now they have this built-in premix that controls a lot of those issues that they had at the start of the year.

BASF recommends three use rates for Encartis fungicide:

“Do you remember Ron Popeil? says Miller, referring to an infomercial and marketing personality. “One of his favorite sayings was, ‘Set it and forget it. I feel like Encartis is like set it and forget it.

More will be learned about Encartis fungicide in the years to come. The presence of the fungicide complements a portfolio that includes SDHIs such as Emerald and Xzemplar and DMI Maxtima. “It fills our toolbox,” says Miller. From innovation reserves to the active toolbox. Encartis fungicide represents a carefully designed solution that is worth the wait.

“I’ve been on a lot of field days this year and seen Encartis being ‘Steady Eddy’. He delivered what we said he was going to deliver,” Miller says. “One of our commercials came up with something… and it makes a lot of sense. He said, “What we put in the jug is science. What you do with it once you take the lid off is science.” art. There’s a lot of truth in that. A superintendent, no matter what product it is — in this case it’s Encartis — tweaks a product for his golf course. We know we bring a great science and a product that can perform at a high level.But you need to adjust it to get the most out of this product.

Some others

Dollar spot isn’t the only disease Encartis fungicide can help control. Here’s what BASF Senior Technical Representative Kyle Miller observed when evaluating performance against other common ailments.

Brown spot and anthracnose

“The component chlorothalonil does most of this work. It’s a 14 day product, so it’s not like one of those long lasting products. If you use it as the label says, you’ll get what you want it to deliver. It’s very good on brown plaque, and anthracnose is another that chlorothalonil picks up and does well. It’s not as durable as some other products like a Maxtima on anthracnose, where we can get up to 28 days. But it is okay.”

leaf spot

“In the south, they really like it for leaf spot. In the north, in the spring, when the grass comes out of its ‘semi-dormancy’, leaf spot is pretty much the first disease we encounter in this weather. cool and moist. He’s done a great job of that. We’re happy on all levels with what he’s doing against those key diseases.

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