WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Valent U.S.A. LLC announced today the launch of new Aveo EZ Nematicide to help protect soybeans from yield loss caused by Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN), Reniform nematode and more.

Aveo EZ is a biological seed protectant that colonizes the roots of the soybean plant to reduce nematode reproduction. According to Valent, the highly concentrated formulation of Aveo EZ contains more colony forming units (cfu) per ml than competitive products, which means more powerful protection at a lower use rate (0.1 fl oz/140,000 seeds). Plus, the formulation of Aveo EZ has a long shelf life to help retailers manage their inventory. 

Comprised of naturally-occurring microbes, Aveo EZ offers easy handling for seed treaters, requiring standard personal protection equipment (PPE), including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and protective gloves when handling treated seed.

In research trials in fields with known SCN infestations, Aveo EZ yielded an additional 1.83 bushels per acre when added to a base treatment. In a 2017 national trial among retailers and growers, a majority of retailers in the Midwest and the South saw greater than 90% seed coverage under a wide range of cold and warm conditions when treated. 

Available as a stand-alone product, Aveo EZ gives retailers flexibility to optimize the ratio of nematicide to fungicide and insecticide protection in soybeans. Seed treaters can add SCN protection to a base seed treatment of INTEGO SUITE Soybeans, with minimal adjustment to the treater settings.  

Soybean Cyst Nematode is a significant yield-robbing pathogen that is not obvious at the time of initial infestation, but can be found in almost every soybean field, according to Todd Mayhew, Seed Protection Product Development Manager at Valent U.S.A. He encourages growers to take a proactive management approach to SCN. “In some areas of the U.S., SCN is not perceived as a problem because growers have relied on SCN-resistant soybean varieties,” Mayhew says.  “However, with SCN developing the ability to reproduce on these varieties, an integrated approach, including a nematicide such as Aveo EZ, is vital for effective management.”

To learn more about new Aveo EZ, as well as Valent’s base seed treatment, INTEGO SUITE Soybeans, visit www.soybeanprotection.com.