We’ve looked to Syngenta’s Avicta Complete brand for a couple of years now for nematode control. Dr. Palle Pedersen technical manager with Syngenta Seed Care says that the label has now been expanded to include soybeans for 2011.
"We just got Avicta Complete beans approved for United States. Avicta should be known by any growers in the south that is a great nematacide. We’ve been very successful with it in cotton. This year we had it out for corn for the first time. And next year we’re going to have it available in soybean and we’re really excited about it. It’s the only nematacide seed treatment available for soybean today that will give you triple protection against early season insects, diseases and nematode on soybeans."
Avicta Complete has had great success in cotton over the past couple of years.
"The cotton market, if you’re looking back, nematacides have been commonly used by many growers. And when we figured out a way that we could form a nematacide and get it on the seed and put it all on the back to the grower so they don’t have to handle all the nematodes in the spring. The chemists and formulation people did a fantastic job helping us on that. When that came to the market it pretty much took the cotton growers by storm and a great amount of acres have been converted into use of the seed treatment. And one of the issues that we’re dealing with in the south is that the nematodes we are having, they are root knot nematodes, ranu form, lands – lesion, they are pathogenic not so much on cotton but also on corn on soybean. So the crop rotation doesn’t work. You don’t have the great crop. You have the pathogenic nematode out there every year causing your yield loss. So, the growers in the south, they all know how important nematodes are and how much yield loss they can cause. You know, I’m from Iowa, and up there we are aware of nematode in soybean but for corn, not a lot of people believe that they have a problem. But when they start using Avicta Complete corn in the corn fields they were surprised to know that there are nematodes out there causing loss yield. Avicta Complete corn and Avicta Complete beans is a great way for us to protect that genetic yield potential. Get your seed in the ground an early planting to maximize your yield potential without having to worry about any yield loss for these insects, diseases and nematodes."
Pedersen explains that in addition to Avicta Complete’s expanded registration, Syngenta has a new fungicide product coming on the market in 2011 as well.
"We’re also coming out with a new fungicide packet for corn. It is going to be called Maxum Quatro. So the most commonly used seed treatment for corn is Cruiser Extreme 250. So it has three fungicides April, Maxum, and Dynasty and then the insecticide Cruiser. To these three fungicides now we’re now adding a fourth one, it’s going to be called Quatro, Maxum Quatro. And that’s a TBC, we’re adding to the package to help clean up seed quality. So if you have seed borne diseases or some other issues we’ll help clean up that. But also it is a great fusarium product for help clean up a lot of fusarium diseases. Such like fusarium verticillioides which can be associated with microtoxins. So, we’re very excited about that. That is going to be available in 2011 as well and that’s going to be our fungicide platform for the future."