New Options Built To Beat Pests

New seed treatments, herbicides lead the list of crop-protection products unveiled for 2011 to help no-tillers maximize yields, profits.

Crop-protection manufacturers have rolled out a bevy of new seed treatments, herbicides, in-plant traits and biocontrol agents for 2011 that will help no-tillers tackle problems with weeds, insects and diseases.

In a survey of manufacturers, seed treatments looked to be getting the most attention in the marketplace with a half-dozen new entries, an indicator that manufacturers are continuing to look for more ways to protect yield potential even before the plant pops above the field surface.

Several more herbicides are also being launched for 2011 with the goal of enhancing weed control with more glyphosate-resistant weeds arriving on the scene.

Following is a brief description of the new crop protection products that no-tillers can pull out of their toolbox:


Maxim Quattro

Maxim Quattro, a four-way formulation, combines the active ingredients of mefenoxam, fludioxonil and azoxystrobin seed-treatment fungicides with thiabendazole, a new active ingredient for seed treatment on corn.

The fourth mode of action further broadens the spectrum of disease protection. The new chemistry is systemic and cleans up surface and internal pathogens.

Maxim Quattro guards against seed- and soil-borne diseases and protects against a broad spectrum of Fusarium species, including Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium verticilliodides, to help decrease mycotoxin levels.

“Seed treatment fungicides are continuously evolving,” says Mark Jirak, crop manager for Syngenta Seed Care. “We think Maxim Quattro will set a new standard for seed treatments on corn.”

Maxim Quattro will be sold as a component of Avicta Complete Corn or CruiserMaxx 250 Corn insecticide/fungicide and will…

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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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