Folicur fungicide, manufactured by Bayer CropScience, has received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for suppression of Fusarium head blight (scab) and control of rusts on wheat and barley crops.

Randy Myers, Bayer CropScience fungicide product manager, says U.S. cereal growers have had significant challenges with scab over the past decade. Caused by the fungal pathogen Fusarium graminearum, the disease causes reduction in yields, market grade and overall crop quality.

"The Folicur registration will aid growers in reducing the financial risk posed to their crops by this disease," he says. "Folicur has proven to reduce scab infection and DON levels in wheat and barley, and continues to be one of the most popular solutions used by producers."

Available for the past 11 years under Section 18 Specific Exemptions, Myers believes Folicur continues to prove itself valuable in the battle against scab.

For best results, Folicur is to be applied preventatively at early flowering (Feekes Stage 10.51) and should be used in combination with other cereal disease management tactics.

Only one application may be applied using ground or aerial equipment and at a rate of four fluid ounces of formulated product per acre per year. Application may not be made within 30 days of harvest.