Syngenta Canada launches Elatus fungicide for pulse crops

Syngenta Canada launches Elatus fungicide for pulse crops.
Syngenta Canada launches Elatus fungicide for pulse crops.
A new fungicide for all major Canadian pulse crops -- lentils, chickpeas and field peas -- has been introduced by Syngenta Canada.

The new product, called Elatus, will control foliar diseases and is a combination of two active ingredients called Solatenol (benzovindiflupyr), newly registered in Group 7, and azoxystrobin, which is registered in Group 11.

“Shorter crop rotations have led to increased disease pressure in pulses,” Eric Phillips, product lead for fungicides and insecticides, Syngenta Canada, said. “As a result, it’s critical for growers to maintain yield and quality through effective control of foliar diseases.”

Elatus specifically targets diseases including Anthracnose, Ascochyta blight and Mycosphaerella blight. The fungicide works in a two-step process: first, it sticks to the plant’s waxy layer of the leaf, delivering residual activity. Then, it goes through the xylem part of the plant and moves upward and outward to provide protection throughout the growth process of the plant. One case of the product can treat approximately forty acres of farmland.

“Growers using Elatus on their pulse crops can expect high activity on important diseases and reliable performance they can depend on to safeguard their yield and quality potential,” Phillips said.

Elatus is the first of three fungicides being released by Syngenta Canada and will be available for purchase in spring 2016.

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