BALLAD® PLUS fungicide is registered for control of rust, powdery mildew, cercospora, and brown spot. Based on a unique, patented strain of Bacillus pumilus (strain QST 2808), BALLAD PLUS was discovered and developed by AgraQuest, Inc, the leading manufacturer and marketer of biological, agricultural fungicides.
Studies conducted in the U.S. and around the world have shown that BALLAD PLUS offers significant control of Asian Soybean Rust. Studies also indicate that BALLAD PLUS, when used in conjunction with low rates of a strobilurin, can control disease while enhancing yield. OMRI listed and NOP approved, BALLAD PLUS is the only fungicide listed for organic use that controls ASR.
BALLAD PLUS is a broad spectrum product for the control or suppression of many important plant diseases and is an excellent fit in disease control programs of both conventional and organic production. BALLAD PLUS adds value to all programs by providing the additional benefits of resistance management, short 4 hour restricted entry intervals, compatibility with other products, no residue restrictions for export, and safety to beneficial insects.
BALLAD PLUS contains a unique, patented strain of Bacillus pumilus (strain QST 2808) that produces an antifungal amino sugar compound. This compound disrupts cell metabolism and destroys cell walls, leading to the destruction of the cell and death of the plant pathogen. BALLAD PLUS also creates a zone of inhibition on plant surfaces, preventing pathogens from establishing on the plant. This novel mode of action not only creates an effective fungicide, but also makes it very difficult for diseases to develop resistance. BALLAD PLUS is therefore an important tool for growers in areas where resistance to conventional products has developed, and it will help to prevent the development of resistant pathogens when it is rotated in a control program with other registered fungicides.
BALLAD PLUS is a flexible tank-mix option and complements standard disease control programs. It is a liquid formulation with high suspensability and is compatible with registered products such as copper, sulfur and other foliar-applied micronutrients, insecticides and fungicides. BALLAD PLUS is also compatible with use of non-penetrating, non-ionic products such as silicon surfactants.
BALLAD PLUS' efficacy, biological nature, spectrum of activity, compatibility and mode of action make it an ideal tank-mix or rotational partner in a disease management program. BALLAD PLUS has a caution label (safest possible), with a 4-hour REI and a 0-day PHI. It can be used prior to harvest without leaving unsightly deposits on fruit and foliage. Besides its safety to humans, plants and the environment, BALLAD PLUS is safe to beneficial insects and mites, thus fitting well into biologically-based pest management programs. BALLAD PLUS is currently registered in the USA.
BALLAD PLUS is exempt from the requirements of a residue tolerance, helping growers meet "clean" food standards established by independent scientific certification systems. Exported crops treated with BALLAD PLUS is not subject to Codex import requirements.
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Worker Safety & Flexibility
BALLAD PLUS is safe for workers with just a 4 hour restricted entry interval. Its 0-day preharvest interval makes BALLAD PLUS an excellent tool for late season disease problems, right up to and including the day of harvest.
BALLAD PLUS is compatible with IPM programs. It is non-toxic to beneficial insects, mites, bees and other non-target organisms.