Two new seed-treatment fungicides will be available for soybean seed in 2013. Vibrance, from Syngenta, is based on a new active ingredient sedaxane, which has superior effectiveness against Rhizoctonia and other fungal diseases, says Palle Pedersen, Syngenta seed care technology manager. “It helps to create stronger plant roots for improved nutrient and moisture uptake, which increases yield stability across the field, particularly in stressful environments like we saw in 2012.”

For 2013, the company’s CruiserMaxx Beans insecticide/fungicide, an on-seed application of one or more separately registered products, will be applied with Vibrance fungicide seed treatment to elevate the level of disease protection in soybeans.

EverGol Energy fungicide will also be new for the coming season and is available on Pioneer brand soybeans. Developed by Bayer CropScience, the new fungicide contains the active ingredient penflufen, which provides long-lasting protection against Rhizoctonia and other fungal diseases to promote better crop establishment and improved growth.

EverGol Energy fungicide will be an option in the Pioneer Premium seed treatment program, along with insecticides, an insecticide+nematode protectant and a proprietary biological/polymer for more complete protection of each soybean seed.