Evaluating levels of disease risk for sclerotinia, fusarium and white mold with Q-protect
By Ryan Ridley
Do you struggle to see disease in your crops? Do you know how to evaluate the level of a disease before it’s too late? Are you losing yield across your field because of your indecision to spray?
These questions were asked by Kirsty McCormack, Technical Sales Manager at Quantum Genetix, to attendees of the 2020 Farms.com Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference & Ag Technology Showcase.
Her presentation ‘Q-protect Your Crop – a Tactic to Tackling Sclerotinia, Fusarium & White Mold’ was delivered with Quantum Genetix General Manager, Heather Deobald.
“Q-protect is a tool for the farming community. To help increase timing and decision confidence based on knowledge of spore presence, we aim to take the guess work out of spraying and provide you with the power to better manage your disease level,” said McCormack.
She discusses the disease triangle, a model with three components: the host crop, which with over 20 million acres of canola planted in Canada annually, there is an abundance of host crops; the environment, which is dictated by weather, rain events, moisture, humidity, and heat units; and lastly, pathogen.
“The one unknown element that we cannot visually see until it is already doing damage is our pathogen. This is the value of Q-Protect, to be able to determine the amount of pathogen that is present, allowing you to increase your accuracy in predicting disease risk and impact,” said McCormack.
She explained that as yields, price volatility and the cost of production rises, farmers need to be more efficient and sustainable in every growing decision.
“Being able to better monitor and predict these diseases, can have a large impact on your canola and soybean yields. Knowing the cost of your decision is crucial,” added McCormack.
So how does Q-protect work?
Each Q-protect kit comes with 40 sampling tubes, a set of tweezers for collection, as well as a submission form. Armed with a single kit, farmers can test up to 320 acres.
“When we are collecting our petals, we want to take a sample from the top of the plant, the middle and the bottom, then we will repeat this eight times at the five different sites within a field,” said Deobald. “Once you have your sample collection complete, you package everything back up send it to the lab. Within 24 hours we will send you a result sheet showing what levels of spore infection you have in your field.”
To learn more about Quantum Genetix’s Q-protect, watch the below video with McCormack and Deobald.