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Fluency Agent for corn, soybeans now commercially available in Canada

Feb. 26, 2014, Calgary, AB - Fluency Agent from Bayer CropScience is now commercially available through seed companies in Canada. Fluency Agent is a polyethylene wax-based, next generation seed application technology, designed to replace talc, graphite and talc/graphite blended seed lubricants.

The use of this farmer-applied seed flow lubricant is required by Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) during the 2014 planting season with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds.

In the spring of 2013, Bayer CropScience conducted large-scale field studies with growers and major planter manufacturers, covering more than 40,000 acres of corn and soybeans in North America, including 13,000 acres in Ontario and Quebec. In separate trials, Fluency Agent was shown to significantly decrease dust and the amount of insecticide active ingredient released in treated seed dust during planting. This spring, Bayer plans on conducting demonstration plots with growers on 250,000 corn acres to confirm performance and raise awareness of the product.

As an application guideline, a 400g container of Fluency Agent treats 50 bags of seed or 125 acres of corn. The suggested retail price is $23.99.

More information on Fluency Agent.


February 27, 2014  By Top Crop Manager


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