Fungicide resistance and chemical residues are ongoing issues for growers. OCP continues to develop new biorational products that can be used as resistance breakers and flexible enough to be used at any stage in the crop cycle due to their minimal withholding periods. Eco-carb and Eco-protector are examples of two APVMA registered products that are backed by both good science and solid in-field performance.
ecocarb was developed as part of a Grape Wine Research & Development project to investigate alternatives to copper and sulphur for the control of Downy and Powdery mildew in winegrapes. Since that time ecocarb has also been tested in a wide range of horticultural crops and ornamentals and is a proven alternative to sulphur for the control of Powdery mildew where IPM is a key driver of good agricultural practice.
eco-protector was developed in New Zealand from a need by producers there to access environmentally benign and residue free fungicides. eco-protector is effective against a range of diseases in horticultural crops but is most effective against Botrytis cinerea in grapes.
Ecocarb PLUS combines the curative action of food grade Potassium Bicarbonate with the Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR) effect of Potassium silicate. When applied on a regular basis, Ecocarb PLUS will control Powdery Mildew in Grapes, Vegetables, Strawberries, Roses and Apples and Rust in ornamentals (Geraniums).