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VELISTA now registered for Fairy Ring

Type I Fairy Ring Disease, image from UK
Fairy Ring Type I - Damaged or dead turf from drought stress. May have fruiting bodies present.

Now registered for Fairy Ring

VELISTA Turf Fungicide, the powerful broad spectrum fungicide that can be used all year round, is now also an option for preventative and early curative control of Fairy Ring. VELISTA controls a range of diseases, as well as being a powerful rotational partner given the novel SDHI mode of action.

VELISTA has excellent residual capabilities and strong targeted binding making it an important part of any comprehensive fungicide program and especially useful to help prevent Fairy Ring, a hard-to-control disease.

Keys to Effective Fairy Ring Control

Understand your situation and ensure targeted timing throughout the season, based on history and weather conditions. Be sure to:

  • Initiate applications early in the season, when soil temperatures reach greater than 13°C.
  • Deliver the active ingredient to the infected zone of the soil profile.
  • Apply surfactants regularly to maintain soil conditions and turf health.

To ensure VELISTA reaches the infected Fairy Ring zone, as little as 3mm of irrigation is needed if the disease is limited to the thatch layer. It the disease is deeper in the soil, 6-10mm of irrigation is generally recommended. The addition of a non-ionic surfactant in tank mix is also recommended and repeat applications at a 21 day interval to maintain consistent control in the soil.

While preventative applications are preferable, early curative applications are possible at first observation of symptoms. Importantly, treatments at the early curative stage can be achieved with VELISTA. If Fairy Ring is a problem in your turf, have VELISTA on the shelf ready to apply at the first appearance of the rings.

There are three types of Fairy Ring, a disease which can present in rings or arc shapes or irregular patterns. And while Type II and III symptoms are not devastating to turf, they do detract from uniformity and can affect playability. In most cases of this hard-to-control fungus, management is required. Learn more about Fairy Ring and other Turf threats in our Disease/Pests/Weeds section

We all know that Fairy Ring is difficult to control and now Turf Managers have the tool to assist in managing this hard-to-control fungus.

To join the conversation on Twitter tag #Time4Velista #FriskyFairyRingFriday and @GreencastTurfAu.

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Fairy Ring Type II - image from UK.
Fairy Ring Type II - rings of dark green or quickly growing turf. May have fruiting bodies present.
Fairy Ring Type III - image from UK.
Fairy Ring Type III - mushrooms or other fruiting bodies produced in a ring with no visible effect on turf growth.