Jun. 2, 2017
Nufarm has announced the launch of a systemic insecticide Maestro FS (fipronil) for seed treatment in Brazil. Maestro FS is used to control chewing pest that attacks the crops of corn, soybean, rice, barley, kidney bean, wheat, pasture, and cotton, according to agronomist Murilo Borges, manager of insecticides and fungicides at Nufarm.
“This insecticide will be a quality reference for the control of initial plagues on soybean, corn, cotton, and other crops,” affirmed Borges. “Maestro FS acts in a systemic way to target plagues through contact and by ingestion,” he explained.
On soybean, Maestro FS is used to control the new pests, including the lesser cornstalk borer (Elasmopalpus lignosellus), the Phyllophaga cuyabana and the soybean stalk weevil (Sternechus subsignatus). On corn, the product is recommended for the cornstalk borer and the cucurbit beetle (Diabrotica speciosa). Maestro FS also controls other plagues such as the cotton root borer (Eutinobothrus brasiliensis).
“Maestro FS acts with effectiveness on a wide spectrum of initial plagues, spread through soil and air. It contributes to the development of crop and the maintenance of plants. It is a highly selective insecticide, which does not delay the germination of seeds and seedlings,” emphasized Borges.
Borges stressed that the new product would allow farmers to treat the seeds themselves and store it for prolonged periods.
The executive manager of Trade Marketing of Nufarm, Jeander Costa, highlighted that with the launch of Maestro FS, Nufarm would reinstate its presence in the Brazilian market for seed treatment, which has an annual turnover of about US$800 million.
In this sector, Costa stated, the company provides a complete line of products such as Inside FS, Adage 350 FS, Apron RFC, and Carbomax 500SC. “Nufarm offers farmers services and solutions that enable to treat seeds within their properties (on farm). Also, at the industrial level, the practice had been adopted with success on crops such as cotton, peanut, rice, barley, kidney bean, corn, pasture, soybean and wheat,” concluded Costa.