Eastern cereal growers get new fungicide

Chemical manufacturer Chemtura Canada has picked up registration for a “novel” fungicidal seed treatment for Eastern Canada’s cereal growers.

Rancona Apex, which will be distributed in the East by Norac Concepts and Engage Agro, marks a “step change” for the cereals seed treatment market, according to Norac’s Bob Chyc.

The product’s “micro-dispersion” formulation makes it easier to use and more flexible for seed companies’ treatment requirements, he said in a release Wednesday. It gives Rancona “low viscosity, excellent flowability and minimal sediment,” the company said.

Designed for use on cereal crops, Rancona Apex’s active ingredient is the systemic/contact fungicide ipconazole, a seed-applied product registered against a “broad spectrum” of seed and seedling diseases on wheat, barley, rye and oats, Norac said.

The distributors said in their release that Rancona Apex shows high efficacy against a “majority” of seed and soil-borne fungi in the plant pathogenic fungal classes of zygomycetes, ascomycetes, basidiomycetes and fungi imperfecti (deuteromycetes), which cause seed decay, damping-off and seedling blight.

“Rancona Apex has proved itself to be outstanding on wheat, combining excellent control of a range of important seed and soil-borne diseases, including true loose smut and fusarium seedling blight as well as foot rots,” said Mike McFatrich, Chemtura’s North American business lead for seed enhancements, in Norac/Engage Agro’s release.

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