More seed protection for soybeans pending registration

Syngenta Canada has applied for registration of Fortenza insecticide in soybeans.

The diamide insecticide is currently used in corn, and the company has submitted trial data to demonstrate its effectiveness for wireworm, seed corn maggot, and European chaffer control in soybeans.

Last week, Syngenta agronomic services manager Chris Denys told those attending the Crop Masters tour day that the company hopes to have registration this fall and offer the seed treatment option for 2019 planting. In recent years, many Ontario growers have shifted to fungicide-only seed treatment as the province restricted use of neonicotinoid insecticides that target underground pests.

Growers can still use neonic seed treatments on soybeans, but Fortenza provides an option with less paperwork. “Cruiser is still going to be available and we believe it’s a really good product, but Fortenza gives growers a simpler solution” that they can use to control pests on their farm,” says Denys.

Chris Denys and Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin discuss Fortenza in this interview.

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