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Bayer's Stratego fungicide receives Section 3 label for soybeans

Agriculture.com Staff 04/24/2007 @ 8:36am

Growers have a new choice for managing soybean disease. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a Section 3 label registration for use of Stratego fungicide on soybeans.

Stratego is approved to control alternaria leaf spot, frogeye leaf spot, anthracnose, septoria brown spot, cercospora blight, pod and stem blight, rhizoctonia aerial blight, powdery mildew and Asian soybean rust.

Stratego is a premix of strobilurin and triazole chemistries that provide two different modes of action. In addition, the strobilurin component of the premix, trifloxystrobin, expresses leaf retention/redistribution properties. These properties provide leaf coverage and locked-in residual control against diseases. Working together, the premix inhibits spore germination on the plant surface and fungal growth within plant tissues.

"Growers have invested a lot of their resources in evaluating the benefits of fungicides on overall soybean health," says Randy Myers, Ph.D., fungicide product manager for row crops, Bayer CropScience. "It's looking like fungicides are a good opportunity for improving crop health, and in turn boosting soybean yields."

"Applying fungicides to soybeans is receiving a lot of attention due to the concerns about Asian soybean rust. This also leads to increased attention on the value of fungicides managing secondary diseases in soybeans," says Jim Bloomberg, Ph.D., fungicide product development manager, Bayer CropScience. Bloomberg adds that yield returns in soybean fields treated with fungicides may vary due to variables such as selected soybean cultivars and weather conditions.

Previously, Stratego had a Section 18 Emergency Exemption for use on soybeans to manage Asian soybean rust. Stratego also is approved to manage fungal diseases in corn, rice, peanuts, pecans and cereal grains.

Growers have a new choice for managing soybean disease. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a Section 3 label registration for use of Stratego fungicide on soybeans.

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