New Seed Treatment Options for 2013

There are almost always new seed treatment options each year, but not every year offers significantly different products. This year, however, there are new several new offerings that offer something new or completely different than past years.

It’s useful to have a handy up-to-date guide on what the real differences and new products are for seed treatments, so I’ve put together a list of some of the products that have been recently registered in Western Canada for the 2013 growing season. There will be more added, I’m sure, so check back for updates just before seeding.

  • BASF: BASF has launched a new seed treatment called Insure Cereal. This product includes the same active as Headline, pyraclostrobin (fungicide Group 11), plus triticonazole (fungicide Group 3), which is strong on fusarium species such as seedling blights, and metalaxyl (fung Group 4), which works great for pythium species of root rots. The pyraclostrobin component of this seed treatment offers the plant health benefits known with strobilurin fungicides including increased cold tolerance in the spring, according to BASF, giving your crop a better chance against those May frosts. Pyraclostrobin also beefs up the activity on most of the typical western Canadian seedling disease species such fusarium, cochliobus, rhizoctonia and some others.
  • Syngenta: Syngenta has came out with a new active ingredient known as sedaxane — now included in the Cruiser Max product line. Let’s just discuss the cereal Vibrance line, but note that it will also be added to the Helix Vibrance seed treatment on canola. Rhizoctonia has been a growing concern for root disease in western Canadian soils, and this active is one of the best for control. There are a number of different AG groups (essentially different “pathogenicity” groups or different sub species within the rhizoctonia family) in western Canadian soils and this product is strong on some of the most commonly occurring species. Sedaxane also includes true loose smut control, which was lacking in Dividend or Cruiser Max Cereals. Other actives in this product include difenconazole (Gr. 11), metalaxyl (Gr. 4) and thiamethoxam (an insecticide).
  • BAYER CROPSCIENCE: Bayer’s new canola seed treatment, Prosper EverGol, is a Group 7 with the active ingredient penflufen (there are many Gr. 7s in the pipeline). I haven’t had any experience with this product, but in my research it seems it will be a good option to stay on top of rhizoctonia in canola. The other actives in Prosper EverGol are clothianidin (insecticide), trifloxystrobin (Gr. 3) and metalaxyl (Gr. 4) on top of the penflufen. This active also has been added to Trilex AL to make Trilex Evergol.
  • MONSANTO: Monsanto has gone unique route with its newest seed treatment by adding a biological component. The biological is bacillis subtillis which may be familiar as it is in other fungicides and stacked inoculant products offered by other companies. The biological component is intended to enhance stress tolerance and decrease disease susceptibility by stimulating the plants Systemic Acquired Resistance (similar to our immune systems). This response increases specific hormones or phytoalexins (eg: salicylic acid) that help plants overcome these situations. Other actives in this product (known as Acceleron) include difenconazole (Gr. 3), fludioxinil (Gr. 12), metalaxyl (Gr. 4) and thiamethoxam (an insecticide).

Shane Thomas

Shane Thomas is an agronomist with G-Mac’s AgTeam in West Central Saskatchewan. He grew up in Kindersley, Sask and went on to obtain his Diploma in Plant and Soil Science from Lethbridge College and a Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Lethbridge in 2012. Shane enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, keeping up with the economy and reading in his spare time. Find him on Twitter: @ShaneAgronomy and his blog at:


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