The trend to seed based pest control continues, with the introduction of new and wider capability treatment products.
ApronmaxxRTA from Syngenta is a dual ingredient pulse fungicide up for Canadian registration that's being registered on U.S. soybeans for 3 years. Broad-spectrum disease control and the ability to be tank mixed with liquid inoculants or Jumpstart are the primary attractions. The tank mix allows multiple jobs to be done with one liquid application at seed outloading. That's not without problems - see the G3DS section below.
Cruiser is a new generation insecticide from Syngenta, also being proposed for tank mixing with fungicides to supply a dual purpose pest control capability. It's registered on corn, sorghum, cotton and wheat in the U.S. and is in trials for Canadian registration on pulses, cereals corn and soybeans. U.S. Soybean registration is expected in 2005.
The Canadian / European Cruiser formulation is less concentrated than the U.S. one so G3 Canadian and U.S. calibrations for Cruiser will differ slightly.
Raxil 250 is the newly revised Canadian formulation of Raxil from Gustafson. It increases the application rate to 68ml./bu. on wheat, which benefits coverage uniformity and reduces the need for water dilution. Raxil XL, the old high concentration product it replaces, will be shelved.
Vitaflo280 from Gustafson has been reformulated to provide better product uniformity and less dusting off. With its registration on both cereals and pulses and its low cost, this older product is widely used as a "one size fits all" treating product in pulse country.
Vitavax Solution use is declining rapidly due to its inability to control Fusarium seed blight. New VF280 will be its logical successor. VF280 will control seed borne fusarium, provided at least the mid level application rate is applied.
Poncho is the Gustafson response to Syngenta's Cruiser. It too provides long term seed applied insect control at greatly reduced rates and hazard to mammals. It will replace Gaucho when it becomes available in the next few years.
Charter PB is a new ready to apply formulation of BASF's Charter for cereals in application for Canadian registration. It adds Thiram for a wider disease control spectrum. Charter PB is registered in the U.S. and hopefully Canada registration will be approved soon.
Agriliance introduced Warden into the U.S. soybean-treating arena this last spring. Warden is similar to ApronMaxx RTA, but has a higher level of Apron, for better pythium control. Calibrations for Warden are almost exactly the same as ApronMaxx RTA.
Incentive is a new cereal treatment being introduced by Agriliance for wider disease control in cereals. It adds better pythium control to a Dividend type of control package.
We have G3 calibrations available for all of the above products, so if you're looking at using them this spring, give us a call and we'll send them out.
Last spring we went down to Mississippi to set up a G3-1100 treating system for a large retailer marketing cotton, rice and soybeans. We're a little short of rice or cottonseed in Alberta so made the trip to where the seed was. We calibrated the system for Gaucho, and Gaucho + Catapult on cotton; Stiletto on soybeans and Apron+Maxxum on rice. It handled all products well, and now allows the retailer to quickly switch from one product to another, at his customer's request. With the treater they had been using, switchover and re-calibration was a full day job. The G3-1100 precalibration gives him a substantial edge in supplying his customer's requests, which should be result in more happy customers.
The Mississippi delta has spectacular growth potential, for both crops and crop pests. It's a constant contest of trying to get a crop home before something eats it or cripples it with disease. Fully treated seed costs can run over $60 per acre, but that's less than 1/4 the cost to supply the same protection post emergent, after major crop damage has already occurred.
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