Syngenta Canada Inc. has announced the registration of Fortenza seed treatment, a new seed-applied insecticide for early-season cutworm control. The seed treatment can be used in conjunction with foliar products as part of canola growers’ cutworm management strategy.
Cutworms are an early season pest of canola and be particularly devastating to a crop, as the pest cuts seedlings off at, or just below, the soil surface. Early growth-stage control of cutworms is important, as plant damage increases and efficacy of foliar insecticides decreases as cutworms get bigger.
Fortenza contains the the active ingredient cyantraniliprole, which belongs to the bisamide chemistry group. This is a different chemistry group from those found in many seed care products. Fortenza can be applied with Helix Vibrance in combination for a total of four fungicides and two insecticides being seed-applied. So, in addition to the control of flea beetles and cutworms, this solution also controls a wide range of soil-borne diseases, including Rhizoctonia, Pythium and Fusarium.
Fortenza is only available for purchase on pre-treated canola seed.