Seed & Chemical
New biological disease control option from Syngenta
By Top Crop Manager
Syngenta Canada Inc. has added a new biological control product to their portfolio. Developed by FMC Corporation and distributed in Canada by Syngenta, Draco seed treatment offers partial suppression of key diseases and nematodes at the critical early stages of corn and soybean germination and seedling growth.
Draco features the bacteria Bacillus licheniformis and Bacillus subtilis. In corn and soybeans, it provides partial suppression of seed rot and seedling blight caused by Rhizoctonia solani and root knot nematode. In soybeans, Draco also offers suppression of soybean cyst nematode.
Draco is an additional tool in an integrated approach to improve plant stand and yield potential. It complements existing genetics and seed treatments in the market, providing a biological bacteria package for an additional mode of action against target pests.
Syngenta has partnered with a number of seed companies to plant demonstration plots this spring, with plans to make Draco commercially available for the 2022 growing season.
“Draco is an example of our commitment to expand the biological control products available to growers as an option to help manage their pest control challenges,” says Scott Ewert, Syngenta Canada’s head of seedcare.
Ewert encourages growers to talk to their local seed supplier for more information about Draco for this season, and how to get it on their seed in 2022.
For more information about Draco seed treatment, visit go.syngenta.ca/draco‑en/ or contact Joe Vink, seedcare account manager, at (519) 820‑8894.