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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by RigglePLC, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,723

    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?
  2. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,574

    Confidor Stress Shield?
  3. greenskeeper44

    greenskeeper44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    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.
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,723

  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,723

    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
  6. Turfdoctor1

    Turfdoctor1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    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.

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