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October 16, 2013
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Willie Kirk (PSMS, MSU Extension)
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September 24, 2013
Guidelines for Stadium Application to Potato Tubers
Willie Kirk (PSMS, MSU), David Ross (Syngenta Crop Protection), Phillip Wharton
and Nora Olsen (University of Idaho)
Potatoes are susceptible to a variety of storage pathogens, including
Fusarium dry rot (Fusarium sambucinum), silver scurf (Helminthosporium solani),?
late blight (Phytophthora infestans), Pink rot (Phytophthora erythroseptica), Pythium
leak (Pythium ultimum) and black dot (Colletotrichum coccodes). Current
recommendations for potato storage diseases include sanitation and exclusion as
the primary controls for these pathogens in storage facilities. Few fungicides are
registered for direct application to tubers for control of these important pathogens
and few compounds are available for potato tuber treatment in storage, including
chlorine-based disinfectants such as, sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite and
Several commercial storage products Phostrol (sodium, potassium and
ammonium phosphates), and Storox (hydrogen peroxide/peroaxyacetic acid
mixture) are registered for control of storage pathogens. Recently, Stadium a new
product from Syngenta Crop Protection was registered for use as a pre-storage
treatment for management of Fusarium dry rot and Silver Scurf in storage. Stadium
is a three way mixture of azoxystrobin (Quadris), fludioxonil (Maxim) and
difenoconazole (Inspire) and the application rate is 1.0 fl. oz. per 20 cwt (ton) of
potato tubers carried in 0.5 gal H2O per ton of tubers. Results form trial at MSU and
University of Idaho show that Stadium provided effective disease control.
How to achieve optimum coverage with Stadium on potato tubers entering storage.
a. Insure consistent uniform spray coverage of tubers.
b. Position the spray nozzles at a point where tubers are rotating, turning or dropping
during the application.
c. The proper spray volume will allow full coverage without leaving the tubers
d. Check calibration regularly during application.
e. Constant agitation of spray liquid is required to maintain product in suspension.
1. Evaluate the treatment system
a. Storage facilities, storage processes and storage conveyer systems can
vary greatly as to setup, volume and quality of the crop being stored.
b. Before application, it is important to evaluate each location and design an
application system to meet the needs of the specific conditions.
i. Configuration of unloading, sorting conveyor systems: Is there
adequate space available for the application?
ii. Note positions along the line where a spray may be applied to the
tubers (e.g. drop points, spread points, room for a spray table along
iii. Tonnage/hour being stored – This will dictate the type and volume
of the application system.
a. The treatment site should be easily accessible to allow calibration,
inspecting spray and coverage, and for cleaning nozzles and maintenance.
b. The treatment site should be at a point where tubers are rotating, turning or
dropping to insure coverage.
3. Spray Volume
a. Strive to achieve optimum spray volume for each storage facility:
i. Too high of a carrier volume will leave the tubers wet and
encourage bacterial rot.
ii. Too low or a carrier volume will prohibit adequate coverage and
iii. Tubers should look uniformly “damp”, but not “dripping wet”.
iv. Use 0.25 to 0.5 gal/ton.
v. Note - The target volume (spray per ton of tubers) can vary with
tuber size. Smaller tubers have more surface area and may require
slightly more carrier volume per ton.
a. For high tonnage systems (resulting in multiple layers of tubers on
conveyers) – A “drop” application method is appropriate.
b. For lower tonnage (Single layer of tubers) - Roller tables or conveyors
may be considered.
c. If tonnage and space allow, roller tables and/or toll-booth application
positions (where multiple layers of tubers are allowed to spread out into a
single layer) may be appropriate.
d. Where space does not allow for roller tables, positioning nozzles at a
logical drop point is probably the best option.
5. Type of application system:
a. The objective of tuber application is to apply Stadium uniformly across
the surface of the tuber in adequate carrier volume to ensure good
coverage, but without leaving the tubers visibly “wet”. Two primary
b. Application Table Application:
i. If space allows, a roller-application table or roller-toll-boothspreading
system can be used for application. This would ideally
be positioned just after the final sorting tables.
ii. Shielding is required to reduce exposure close to the sorting
iii. Rollers are required to ensure that tubers are rotating or turning
iv. If the tubers are in a single layer, a roller table is appropriate.
v. If the tubers are typically 2-deep or more, a spreading system may
be required to reduce their depth to a single layer.
vi. Nozzles are positioned above the line to spray down onto the
c. Drop-point Application:
i. If space or other considerations do not allow for a roller table
application, a drop-point application may be used.
ii. The spray is applied to tubers as they fall from one conveyor to
another, or off the end of the piler.
iii. Chose a natural drop-point where tubers fall in a single layer, and
where nozzles can be positioned for best coverage.
iv. Note that for high tonnage operations, where falling tubers remain
in multiple layers, nozzles must be positioned both above and
below the falling tubers.
v. If conveyor to conveyor drop points are shielded, or where tubers
“flow” several tuber deep from one conveyor to another, then the
only choice may be to position the sprayer at the end of the piler.
This is not ideal as and certain factors should be recognized:
1. It will be difficult to inspect, clean and maintain such a
2. The risk of pile contamination or over application exists, in
case of breakage or a system blow-out.
6. Recommended Spray Location:
a. We recommend that Stadium be applied at each drop at the end of a starroller
system, before dropping to the conveyor system into the storage
facility. The tubers will be cleaned as much as possible and will still be
spread out in a thin layer prior to hitting the conveyor. Two spray bars
approximately 2’ apart will ensure best coverage.
7. Mixing and Calibration
a. Once setup, tonnage & application volume has been determined, proper
calibration is critical.
b. Calibration procedure:
i. Measure the tonnage throughput per hour.
ii. Calculate the spray volume/minute required to apply the
volume/ton of tubers (for example: 7.5 gal/hr for 0.5 gal/ton).
iii. Measure and verify that the spray application system can deliver
the amount required/minute or that it can be adjusted if necessary.
iv. Calibration example: (Note – gallon spray/hr should be the sum of
the volumes from ALL nozzles delivered per hour):
1. Higher tonnage/hour:
a. Target tons/hr = 30 (0.5 tons/minute)
b. Gal/ton = 0.5
c. Gal spray/hr = 15 (0.25 gal spray/minute)
(30 tons/hr x 0.5 gal/hr)
2. Lower tonnage/hour:
a. Target tons/hr = 15 (0.25 tons/minute)
b. Gal/ton = 0.5
c. Gal spray/hr = 7.5 (0.25 gal spray/minute)
(15 tons/hr x 0.5 gal/hr)
8. General Guidelines and Considerations:
a. ALWAYS FOLLOW LABEL INSTRUCTIONS.
Read the label in its entirety.
Instruct and demonstrate the label to all people mixing, handling or
applying Stadium fungicide.
b. CONSTANT AGITATION of the slurry is important during the
c. Does the operator/facility have appropriate certifications?
d. Where will the treatment area be situated relative to the pile and workers?
All treatment areas should be enclosed or shielded, where possible, or
otherwise setup to prevent drift of spray mist.
e. Check calibration regularly to insure proper dosage delivery.
f. Application volumes must be adjusted to the capacity of the line and tuber
volume being treated.
g. Position drip trays below the treatment site to catch waste chemical.
h. Does the application system have an automatic cut-off to stop the
applicator if tuber flow ceases?
It should be possible to stop all machinery on the line via one switch in
case of emergency.
i. What is the anticipated throughput in tons/hour?
Can a constant throughput be maintained?
Can all parts of the line handle the throughput?
j. Can any treatment table be consistently filled across its width?
k. Will the applicator deliver the desired output and maintain an effective
l. If a conveyor/elevator/piler application system is used, is the “drop” great
enough to achieve coverage while small enough to minimize damage??