Three-action cereal seed treatment cleared for spring

A new cereal seed treatment with three modes of action against various seed-, soil-borne and seedling diseases has picked up approval for release this spring.

BASF Canada announced registration Wednesday with Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency for Insure Cereal seed treatment, combining pyraclostrobin (Group 11), triticonazole (Group 3) and metalaxyl (Group 4).

Approved for use either on-farm or by commercial seed treaters, Insure is effective in treating seed rot, seedling blight, and loose smut and is available in a liquid formulation that reduces damping-off effects, the company said.

"The active ingredients and the special seed treatment formulation work together to give seeds and seedlings protection from seed- and soil-borne diseases," Piero Castro, the company’s brand manager for cereal fungicide and seed solutions, said in a release.

Pyraclostrobin is already used in BASF fungicides such as Headline, Pristine, Priaxor and Cabrio, while the company uses triticonazole in its cereal seed treatment Charter.

Applied at 300 millilitres per 100 kilograms of seed, Insure is registered to control seed rot and pre-emergence damping-off, post-emergence damping-off, seedling blight and root rot in all types of wheat, as well as in barley, oats, rye and triticale.

The product’s label also covers it for control of loose smut and common bunt in wheat, rye and triticale; true loose smut, false loose smut and covered smut in barley; and loose smut and covered smut in oats.

Insure is also registered, at the same use rate, for suppression of seedling blight and root rot caused by Cochliobolus sativus.

Insure will also be branded with BASF’s "AgCelence" designation, already placed on products such as Headline and Twinline to denote "unique plant health benefits" to the crops covered by a product’s label use, apart from its direct benefit in controlling crop diseases.

In this case, BASF described the AgCelence benefit as allowing for "faster, more uniform emergence, leading to an improved stand, increased seedling vigour and maximized yield potential, especially in cold and wet weather."

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