Adviser Magazine – October 2020

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KASUMIN Bactericide: A Welcome Solution for California Bacterial Disease ®

Almond and walnut growers and PCAs know all too well how difficult bacterial diseases are to control. From blight to bacterial blast, the effects can take a toll on an orchard if the disease gets out of hand. Lucky for California growers and PCAs, KASUMIN® Bactericide is emerging as a trusted ally for managing bacterial blast in almonds and blight in walnuts. Registered for use in more than 20 countries worldwide, KASUMIN is helping growers take charge of their orchards.

“Kasugamycin disrupts the function of the ribosomes, which shuts down the energy of the bacteria,” says David Davies, Marketing Manager, Specialty Crops, UPL. “By targeting a different site of action from other bactericides, KASUMIN gives growers and PCAs a new tool to control bacterial diseases and protect tree health and yields.” LOCALLY SYSTEMIC IN GREEN TISSUE The bactericide acts mainly as a preventative and is applied to coincide with early shoot emergence and bloom, which places a protective layer of the bactericide on emerging green tissue and blossoms. KASUMIN acts as a locally systemic bactericide. In addition to controlling plant diseases on contact, the active ingredient in KASUMIN is absorbed by the plant’s green tissue and provides even broader control of targeted pathogens. ROTATABLE & TANK-MIXABLE KASUMIN is most effective when it is incorporated in a rotation program because the product shows no crossresistance to other bactericides. For optimized disease control, KASUMIN can be tank-mixed with copper or MANZATE® PRO-STICK™ Fungicide (FRAC Class M3) from UPL. MANZATE has been used effectively for decades without a reported incidence of resistance, making it a standard in almost any disease management program. TRUSTED IN WALNUT PRODUCTION KASUMIN is already being successfully used in California walnut production for control of walnut blight, including copper-resistant strains, after receiving federal and state registrations in 2018. In more than five years of university and independent trials, KASUMIN, when mixed with MANZATE PRO-STICK from UPL, consistently performed better than the next leading walnut blight product.

KASUMIN EFFICACY ON WALNUT BLIGHT KASUMIN Efficacy on Walnut Blight in Vina Walnuts IN VINA WALNUTS 70 60 % Blighted Nuts

UNIQUE MODE OF ACTION Kasugamycin, the active ingredient in KASUMIN, features a unique site of activity and mode of action, making the product an ideal match for resistance management strategies. The bactericide also features a high level of preventative activity, so it’s effective on a wide array of plant pathogenic bacteria.


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Badge® X2 Kasumin® 2L 4 lb + Manzate® 64 fl oz + Manzate ProStik 2.4 lb ProStik™ 2.4 lb

Dr. J.E. Adaskaveg, UCR, Fresno Co., CA – Walnut blight (Xanthomonas campestris) 5 weekly trt between 4/5 & 5/16 @ 100 gpa by tractor air-blast sprayer Disease evaluation – June

NEXT UP: ALMOND PRODUCTION Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) granted and approved a Section 18 emergency exemption for use of KASUMIN on almonds for the control of bacterial blast. Approved for treatment on a maximum of 100,000 acres, the Section 18 exception offered reliable control for bacterial blast in 12 key almond-growing counties. “There was considerable support for this use from the industry, including significant university backing as well as lobbying from the Almond Board of California and independent growers for the Section 18 exemption,” says Davies. “We are very thankful for the opportunity to provide many California almond growers and PCAs with a highly effective tool for controlling bacterial blast in the 2020 season and look forward to what the upcoming season will bring.” UPL offers an integrated portfolio of agricultural products for specialty crops, including biological, crop protection and post-harvest solutions. For more information on KASUMIN and other UPL solutions, visit or contact your local sales representative.

Always read and follow label directions. KASUMIN is a registered trademark of Hokko Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. Badge is a trademark of Isagro USA, Inc. UPL, the UPL logo, OpenAg and all other products are trademarks of a UPL Corporation Limited Group Company. ©2020 UPL Corporation Limited Group Company. UPL-2015



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