INOVATEā„¢ System Receives Approval for Use with Becker Underwood Rhizobia Line-up

Growers assured effectiveness of both products when used in conjunction with each other

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (March 16, 2010)ā€”Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced the addition of the INOVATEā„¢ System to the list of products compatible with rhizobia applications from Becker Underwood, Inc.

INOVATE contains clothianidin insecticide from Valent (NipsIt INSIDEĀ® Insecticide, newly registered for use in soybeans), plus a custom combination of ipconazole and metalaxyl fungicides (RANCONAā„¢ Xxtra Fungicide) from Chemtura Corporation. Together these three super systemic ingredients provide broad spectrum contact and systemic seed and seedling protection.

ā€œThe compatibility of the INOVATE System with industry leading rhizobia products is helping move seed protection to a new level,ā€ said Glen Karaffa, Valent Seed Protection business manager. ā€œBecker Underwood has an impressive offering of rhizobia products, including VaultĀ® LVL and VaultĀ® HP that will partner with INOVATE to offer growers even better options for early season seed protection.ā€

Karen Arthur, Valent research and development manager said receiving approval to apply the three active ingredients in the INOVATE System simultaneously or sequentially with a rhizobia application allows growers greater planting flexibility.

ā€œTrials show that seed treated with Becker Underwood rhizobia and our INOVATE System products have a longer shelf life on the seed at 43 days compared to competitive seed treatment products at 35 days with the Vault LVL product,ā€ Arthur said. ā€œThat flexibility, from the time of application until the date of planting, ensures that growers will have time to get the crop in the field, despite spring weather challenges.ā€

Additional research is in place to establish the INOVATE compatibility with Vault HP, which at this time is tracking beyond the 43-day period. Refer to the Becker Underwood website for updates on the final Vault HP compatibility performance with the INOVATE System offer.

According to Arthur, pairing INOVATE with a rhizobia application results in holistic seed protection from pests and diseases, while promoting nitrogen uptake, increasing the vigor of the plant.

ā€œOur testing has shown treatments of INOVATE applied simultaneously or sequentially with rhizobia equaled similar nodulation development to rhizobia applications alone,ā€ said Arthur. ā€œUsing this program, growers with low nitrogen fields, in both conventional and no-till programs, can promote nitrogen uptake and increase the health of the crop.ā€

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