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Tilt-like fungicide approved for half-rate application

Off-patent ag chemical maker Mana Canada has picked up registration for a lower rate of application for preventive use of its Group 3 fungicide Bumper 418 EC.

Bumper’s active ingredient, propiconazole, is best known in Syngenta’s Tilt 250E and is also the active in Viterra’s Propel and Ipco’s Pivot 418 EC.

Calgary-based Mana, the Canadian arm of Israeli chemical firm Makhteshim Agan, said in a release Monday that a 4.8-litre jug of Bumper can now be used to cover 80 acres at the preventive half-rate, or 40 acres at its full application rate.

The broad-spectrum product is registered for use in wheat, durum, barley, oat, corn, canola, beans, canaryseed and (for seed) soybean crops, to help treat, prevent or suppress leaf diseases such as rusts, scalds, net and spot blotches, tan spots, blackleg, septoria spots and blotches, frogeye and blights.

Bumper, like Pivot, is formulated at 418 grams of propiconazole per litre of product, compared to 250 grams per litre in Tilt or Propel. Mana thus bills its product as offering the “efficiency and convenience of more acres per jug.”

The active ingredient comes from the triazole family of fungicides, which Mana said “exhibits lower potential of resistance” and “specifically can promote higher yields in many crops.”

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