Written & published: September, 2019
Golf course superintendents and other turf professionals can now purchase BASF’s ground-breaking Lexicon® Intrinsic® brand fungicide after it received registration on the 4th of October 2019. This innovative fungicide is a new tool for consistent, long-lasting curative and preventative protection against a broad range of key turf diseases whilst also providing advanced plant health benefits including increased growth efficiency, longer stronger roots, and improved stress tolerance.
Lexicon Intrinsic brand fungicide is a powerful combination of the active ingredients fluxapyroxad and pyraclostrobin. These chemistries travel systematically within turfgrass leaves and are tightly bound to the waxy leaf surface, which means it can be redistributed to areas of the leaf not directly sprayed. This redistribution, along with its high level of activity ensures reliable, more consistent control of nine major key turf diseases including brown patch, dollar spot, fairy ring, pythium blight, pythium root dysfunction, lepista spp., fusarium patch and ERI.
“We’re excited to help superintendents produce top-quality turf year-round,” said David Elmouttie, Professional and Specialty Solutions Business Manager at BASF. “Lexicon’s innovative Intrinsic component takes away stress caused by disease and the environment that turf leaves face. This means they have more energy to make the best use of inputs like carbon and nitrogen and can grow into a championship standard greens, as well as remain protected from disease.”
Field trial results for Lexicon Intrinsic brand fungicide have shown it provides efficacious control on a variety of key troublesome turfgrass diseases.
“A trial of Lexicon fungicide for the control of fairy ring was conducted at Grand Golf Course, Gilston, Queensland with half of one of our greens treated” said Rod Cook, Golf Course Superintendent. “Three applications were applied over the trial and a clear difference was noticed within a couple of weeks after the last application. Disease incidence had significantly declined and was combined with an overall improvement in turf health.”
BASF will continue to expand its portfolio of turf fungicides and herbicides for turfgrass managers in the coming years which will be exclusive to Globe Growing Solutions.