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Syngenta Helps Growers Manage Fusarium Head Blight with Fuse

Syngenta Canada Inc. introduces the Fuse fungicide brand to its cereal portfolio for protection against one of the most serious cereal diseases, Fusarium head blight (FHB) in spring wheat, winter wheat and durum, in time for the 2012 growing season.

“Fusarium head blight continues to be a growing concern with cereal growers as it can affect quality and yield,” says Eric Phillips, Asset Lead, Fungicides and Insecticides, for Syngenta Canada Inc. “Growers know the importance of protecting the cereal crop throughout the season and particularly at its most critical time during the flag leaf growth stage. With Fuse now included as part of our cereal package, Syngenta has products which offer complete protection of cereal crops, from establishment through harvest.”

Fuse is a Group 3 fungicide with the active ingredient tebuconazole. In addition to effectively managing Fusarium head blight in wheat, Fuse also controls several leaf and rust diseases found in wheat, barley and oats. For optimal protection against Fusarium head blight, Fuse fungicide should be applied to the cereal crop at head emergence before the disease has a chance to take hold.

Fusarium head blight is a fungal disease that can seriously damage cereal crops. Infection of the crop can result in a reduction in yield, grade and end-use quality, with additional losses occurring because of restricted crop rotations, limited variety selection, cost of control measures, as well as reduced marketing opportunities. It is important that growers are familiar with this damaging disease and incorporate management practices to reduce FHB development in their crops.

The Fuse brand complements an already strong Syngenta cereal story that involves leading edge technology in wheat seed, seed care, graminicides, broadleaf herbicides and fungicides.

“Following up with Fuse at early flowering, after applying Quilt fungicide at early flag leaf, offers a full disease package, especially for those growers who want to manage their risk of FHB including the use of a cereal seed variety like WR859 CL that is moderately resistant to the disease,” says Phillips.