Greensboro, North Carolina
October 23, 2006
Syngenta announced today a milligram per seed rate for the
Dynasty® fungicide component of the company’s CruiserMaxx™
Sunflower seed treatment. The new rate for the Dynasty component
of the CruiserMaxx Sunflower combination is 0.025 mg per seed.
Measuring rate in milligrams per seed can improve performance by
offering consistent maximum dosing across variable sunflower
seed sizes, and brings Dynasty in-step with the other fungicides
and insecticide in the combination, said Cliff Watrin, technical
manager for Syngenta Seed Care.
“A per-seed application rate helps seed treaters deliver more
accurate dosing and more uniform coverage,” Watrin explained.
“In the past, larger seed sizes received a higher effective dose
of active ingredient and smaller seed, commonly found with many
oil seed hybrids, received a lower dose of active ingredient.
Now when that treated seed arrives on the farm, each seed in the
bag is uniformly protected, even if a grower purchases different
CruiserMaxx Sunflower, a promotional combination of separately
registered products, also contains Cruiser® seed treatment
insecticide to protect seed against wireworm, sunflower beetle
and flea beetle, and Apron® XL and Maxim® 4FS seed treatment
fungicides, which team up with Dynasty for protection against a
broad-spectrum of fungal diseases including Pythium,
Rhizoctonia, Fusarium, damping off, seedling blight and
suppression of seedling downy mildew.
“Seed and seedlings face a wide variety of challenges in the
spring,” said Watrin, “The combination of three fungicidal modes
of action – and the boost that we get from consistent dosing of
Dynasty – complements the insect protection from Cruiser to
protect sunflower seeds and young stands. Seed treated with
CruiserMaxx Sunflower demonstrates better stand establishment,
more vigor, faster early-season growth and higher yield
potential. A good start pays off all season long.”
Because CruiserMaxx Sunflower is applied by seed companies,
growers don’t have to handle product or make hopper box
treatments, Watrin added. Suggested grower price for CruiserMaxx
Sunflower, delivered on the seed, is $70 per 200,000 seeds.
Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to
sustainable agriculture through innovative research and
technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and
ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Sales in
2005 were approximately $8.1 billion. Syngenta employs some
19,000 people in over 90 countries. Syngenta is listed on the
Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in New York (SYT). Further
information is available at www.syngenta.com.
Apron®, Cruiser®, CruiserMaxx™, Dynasty®, Maxim® and the
Syngenta logo are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company.