Avicta Complete Corn Provides Triple Threat

Avicta Complete Corn, which contains Avicta, the first seed treatment nematicide for use on corn, is now available to offer corn growers the only complete triple protection against nematodes, early-season insects, and diseases. In addition to Avicta seed treatment nematicide, Avicta Complete Corn includes an increased rate of Cruiser seed seed treatment insecticide and Apron XL, Maxim XL, and Dynasty fungicides. The components in Avicta Complete Corn work together to offer greater protection against the early-season threat of damaging pests to produce healthier plants and help each seed realize its full genetic yield potential.

“Corn nematode populations have increased due to changing production practices and are contributing to reduced yields in corn fields across the country,” says Mark Jirak, crop manager, Syngenta Seed Care. “With an average of only 40 total harvests in a lifetime, growers must start every corn crop off right.”

Research trials have shown that seed treated with Avicta Complete Corn results in strong, healthy, high-yielding corn plants. In 2008, a set of 35 large-block side-by-side on-farm trials were conducted by private consultants in Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. In these trials, the yield advantage of Avicta Complete Corn averaged 8.7 bushels per acre above Cruiser Extreme 250, the industry standard. Another 15-trial program conducted in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas demonstrated a 5.3 percent yield increase in fields treated with Avicta Complete Corn versus those treated with Cruiser Extreme 250. Over 1,000 additional large-block, on-farm demonstrations are being conducted by seed companies with growers throughout the Midwest and Southern corn growing areas during the 2009 planting season.

Avicta seed treatment nematicide, the nematicide component of Avicta Complete Corn, provides immediate protection against all major early-season nematode species, including root-knot, stubby-root, sting, dagger, ring, stunt, spiral, needle, lesion, and lance nematodes. Providing effective nematode protection from the time the seed is planted promotes stronger plant stands and builds the foundation for better yield and return on investment potential.

The insecticide component in Avicta Complete Corn is an increased rate of Cruiser seed treatment insecticide (0.50 milligrams active ingredient per [mg ai/] seed ,which offers more consistent activity and longer residual for more effective early-season insect protection. Since 2003, Cruiser has been protecting corn plants from a broad variety of seed, soil, and foliar chewing and sucking insects, including wireworms, chinch bugs, and seedcorn maggots to help corn crops get off to a healthy, vigorous start.

The proven disease protection of Apron XL, Maxim XL, and Dynasty seed treatment fungicides helps shield the plant from dangerous diseases that reduce emergence and cause slow growth and damping off of the seedlings. The combination of Apron XL, Maxim XL, and Dynasty in Avicta Complete Corn protects against the most damaging seed- and soil-borne disease pathogens in corn resulting in better emergence, more uniform stands, better early-season vigor, and higher yield potential.

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