Copper Fungicides: The Essential Tool for Citrus Growers

Dan Citrus, Pest/Pest Control


One of the main issues for citrus crop growers is the quick spread of fungal and bacterial diseases due to warm, wet growing conditions. Without proper methods to prevent and control diseases, crop yield can be greatly reduced, and groves can become ruined. How do you produce a healthy citrus crop while keeping diseases under control?

For generations, growers have turned to copper fungicides to prevent and control the spread of diseases in citrus. Coppers are not only effective in disease control, but they also have a variety of other benefits to take into consideration.

  1. Coppers act as a type of “medicine” for citrus trees. Since copper is an essential micronutrient, it can aid plant nutrition and proper plant growth. Copper deficiency causes deformation in crop growth, such as dark green and enlarged leaves, slender stems, and limbs that die back and become gummy.
  • Coppers provide a long-term solution for disease control. Copper fungicides are proven to prevent and extend protection from disease when applied according to instructions. Some copper fungicides feature a small particle size, more bioavailability, and outstanding rain-fastness. For full coverage as the fruit grows, spray frequently according to label instructions.
  • Coppers are a cost-effective choice for citrus growers. The high surface area to mass ratio of very small copper particles in copper fungicide maximizes adhesion to crop plant surfaces, which increases efficacy and prevents the spread of disease, which could cost growers a lot more in the long run.

For excellent disease protection, Kocide fungicide/bactericide provides the most technologically advanced concentration of biologically active copper ions while preserving plant safety. Its trusted, proven, and reliable formulation combined with more disease control per pound of copper delivers less environmental impact and superior efficacy against disease.

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