News March 2019

New pest and disease control products in the pipeline for Canadian growers

Potato growers across Canada will soon have a new option for controlling wireworms. BASF has submitted a registration for Cimegra insecticide to Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

It is described a “broad-spectrum insecticide” for controlling chewing insects, according to the company’s crop manager for horticulture Scott Hodgins.

The key insect target will be wireworm, he says. The product’s active ingredient broflanilide represents a new and unique mode of action, Hodgins say, adding that growers, especially those in Prince Edward Island and Alberta “are really desperate for wireworm solutions.”

The submission was made in the fourth quarter of 2017 so the earliest that growers might see it at their retail is 2020.

Syngenta Canada Inc. is launching Orondis Gold fungicide for suppression of pink rot and Pythium leak in potatoes.

Orondis is applied in-furrow as part of a preventative disease control program. It combines metalaxyl M (Group 4) with oxathiapiprolin (Group 49) – a new mode of action to suppress pink rot and help manage the development of resistance.

The product also provides suppression of Pythium leak, which enters tubers through wounds or bruises that occur during harvest and grading.

To help manage resistance, the company advises growers who are using the product in furrow that they cannot make any subsequent Orondis Ultra foliar fungicide applications.

Source: Postmedia Network