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RigglePLC
01-10-2009, 11:22 AM
I was at a trade show in Michigan. Bayer has a new product called
"Stress Guard" it is combined in the formulation with fungicides and insecticides. Is is new technology that "positively affects turfgrass physiology." "Protects photosystems in chloroplasts." Sounds like a good idea--mysterious--new chemistry stuff--new biology.

Science majors have you heard of this--do you think it will really help?

44DCNF
01-10-2009, 12:45 PM
Confidor Stress Shield?

greenskeeper44
01-10-2009, 01:31 PM
It might have silicon mixed in with it. While at school there was research being done with silicon and its benefit to turfgrass. its supposed to strengthen the cell walls of the plant which would help protect from insect and disease.

RigglePLC
01-12-2009, 04:55 PM
44, you are right. Stress Guard is something discovered recently that helps the plant continue at full speed even under too dry or too wet conditions. A Confidor link in Australia:
http://www.bayercropscience.com.au/cs/news/default.asp?id=140

RigglePLC
01-12-2009, 05:05 PM
Confidor is imidicloprid--same as Merit. Reading further, Bayer claims that imidicloprid is the active ingredient that helps plants to overcome stress of any kind--EVEN WHEN NO INSECTS ARE PRESENT. Mysterious.
The link: http://www.bayercropscience.com/bayer/cropscience/cscms.nsf/id/ConfidorStressShield_Agro/$file/confidor_2_06.pdf

Turfdoctor1
01-12-2009, 09:25 PM
i conducted a research study at the university of Arkansas, evaluating this product in the summer of 2007.

From what I remember, we detected no differences among plots treated with the Stress Guard and those that were not treated.

We evaluated turf color a number of different ways, root mass, and it seems like a few others, butt I can't remember off hand.

However, the turf we were evaluated was not really stressed.

IMO, not something you should invest in.