Avicta Seed Treatment Nematicide Now Registered for Use on Soybeans

Greensboro, NC, USA, August 4, 2010 — Syngenta Seedcare announced today that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Avicta 500 FS nematicide for use on soybeans. Avicta will be available to soybean growers in combination with separately-registered Cruiser seed treatment insecticide and an ApronMaxx seed treatment fungicide as Avicta Complete Beans.

“With the recent registration of Avicta for soybeans, Syngenta Seedcare is excited to introduce another market-leading innovation,” said Chad Stone, crop manager, Syngenta Seedcare. “As a first-of-its-kind seed treatment product combination, Avicta Complete Beans is a convenient, seed-delivered solution for nematode control in soybeans. Avicta nematicide has been successful at controlling nematodes in cotton and corn, and now soybean growers also will be able to experience the benefits of this new management tool.”

As a host crop, soybeans are highly susceptible to several of the same nematode species as cotton and corn. A recent shift in acreage away from cotton to other crops, including soybeans, throughout the southern United States means that growers who have historically battled nematode damage in their cotton fields should expect to see yield loss from nematodes in their corn and soybean crops.

Because of their first-hand experience battling nematodes in cotton, southern growers have an advantage over the rest of the country. They are aware that nematodes exist and have experienced the damage that often leads to yield and profit loss. Most of the nematodes present in cotton and corn fields, specifically the root-knot nematode and the reniform nematode, also are threats to soybean acreage. With few rotational options and limited resistant soybean germplasm currently in existence, management of non-cyst forming nematodes is necessary to achieve maximum yield potential.

“It is important for soybean growers to understand that they must manage nematodes in their fields because they cannot be eradicated,” said John Mueller, Ph.D., professor of plant pathology at Clemson University. “Since nematodes can exist in all soil environments, growers only have one opportunity to control them – before planting. Even the slightest discoloration in soybean plants means that growers are already at a 10 to 15 percent yield loss.”

Avicta seed treatment nematicide provides immediate protection against all major non-cyst forming nematode species, including root-knot, reniform, stubby-root, lance, stunt and sting nematodes. Providing effective nematode protection from the time the seed is planted helps promote stronger plant stand, vigor and emergence – establishing the foundation for better yield potential.

With more than 30 years of experience and proven products that have been used on millions of acres, Syngenta Seedcare is the clear leader in innovative seed treatment solutions. Syngenta Seedcare products are backed by years of research, skilled scientists, state-of-the-art research centers and knowledgeable sales representatives to offer our customers the best products and services available. From the beginning, Syngenta Seedcare has been committed to providing the most advanced seed treatment portfolio on the market, a vision that has made us a leader in seed treatment technology and that will allow us to remain ahead of the competition for years to come.

Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 25,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us, please go to www.syngenta.com.

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