Product icon for OMEX Primers Product icon for OMEX Starters Product icon for OMEX Foliars (highlighted)

Breaking the Ergot Cycle

What Is it?

  • Ergone is a low salt index liquid fertilizer that delivers the right amount of Copper to cereals prior to flowering.
  • The product is formulated with fully water soluble ingredients and OMEX’s proprietary technology that enhances uptake and translocation.
  • The product is available in 10L jugs, 450L and 1000L IBC’s.

When & Why Use It?

  • Ergone is recommended on all cereal crops.
  • Ergone is intended to be sprayed alone or in conjunction with commonly used fungicides.
  • Copper is important for many plant processes including chlorophyll production, photosynthesis, straw lignification, pollen fertility, the pollination process and seed quality.
  • Prairies soils are known for their copper deficiency that ranges from moderate to severe depending on the cropped area.
  • Soil applied copper is mainly intercepted by the root to be beneficial to the crop. Any condition that leads to a poor root growth and development impacts copper uptake.
  • Copper hence needs to be supplied throughout the season through soil application, coating the fertilizer or the seed and foliar.
  • Cereals are very sensitive to copper deficiency especially rye, barley and spring wheat.
  • A correlation has been established between copper deficiency and the prevalence of ergot in cereals.

What To Expect?

  • Ergone improves copper levels in the plant prior to flowering, leading to an improvement of pollen fertility.
  • High pollen fertility guarantees a better and quicker pollination leading to lower chances of contamination by ergot spores. The mechanism of action is called avoidance.
  • Field trials with spring wheat across the prairies showed a reduction of the flowering period by 2-3 days, resulting in a decrease in ergot incidence provided a proper seeding rate is observed.
  • The product contains copper and improves lignification and straw strength and helps prevent lodging.

Application Guidelines

  • Apply Ergone at 1L /ac with a minimum of 10 USgal of water (15 USgal is preferred) at early flowering stage.
  • Recommended alone or tank-mixed with most commonly used fungicide (see compatibility chart). Some combination may be physically compatible but may cause bronzing effect on the leaves.
  • Ergone is a copper containing product and as such should be sprayed with a high water volume, especially if tank-mixed with fungicides that require higher rates of surfactant.
  • Avoid spraying Ergone under hot and dry conditions. Spray preferably late during the day going to the evening. Bronzing from Ergone does not lead to yield losses.

Ergot fruiting body in the process of germination under the right conditions
Ergot in wheat heads.