Bayer expects to introduce seed treatment nematicide by 2011
Jul. 29, 2009
Bayer officials say their data shows that more farmers want seed treatment applied. The number has risen dramatically from under 10% to about half over the past decade.
Now Bayer is working on a new twist. Under testing in the field, on the Jack and John Mahoney farm near Brownsburg, Bayer operates a small research station. This year they have Trilex 6000, their premium seed treatment which is now available, to protect seed and help get off to a good start, growing on the farm. They also have experimental plots of Trilex 6000 with a nematicide. The idea is to protect roots for the first 60 days after application from nematode feeding; hoping roots will get stronger and then be able to fend off nematodes in a more effective manner.
This breakthrough product will be tested again in 2010 and, if all goes well, launched across the Corn Belt in '09. Right now, it's so new that Trilex 6000 containing the nematicide is still in fundamental testing.
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