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Company develops new fungicide to fight root rot

Photo by Don O'Brien.

By Ben Nuelle

One company has developed a new fungicide insecticide combination to fight off root rot. Phytophthora and Pythium are plant parasites that cause root rot. Valent Field Development Managemer Dawn Refsell said their new product uses two modes of action to combat the problem.

“Our new product this year is INTEGO™ SUITE Soybeans. It is an all in one packaging in soybean treatment and contains our new active ingredient Ethaboxam partnered with Metalaxyl which has been the long term standard for Pythium and Phytophthora control and we have added that with another broad spectrum fungicide Clothianidin to cover our insect pests and wrapped it in with a polymer colorant into an all in one system. Great flow coverage and smooth treatment process,” Refsell said.

Refsell said the two modes of action is critical in stopping the disease.

“We had cool wet soils this year. You want to make sure you protect the seed as much as possible. The earlier you plant the more likely you will have disease pressure. This is a great insurance program for your seed and making sure you cover as many different ice lets of the Pythium and Phytophthora as possible,” Refsell said.

Valent’s website says the INTEGO product will increase yields by 1.5bu/A and can be used at a low rate of 3.37 fl/oz in soybeans. It also provides a complete zone of protection against a wider spectrum of Phytophthora and Pythium species-both above and below the soil.