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Protect soybean root systems from sudden death syndrome

January 19, 2016

Sudden death syndrome (SDS) is a soybean disease that has been detected in all major soybean-producing states and depending on the conditions, can cause significant damage. SDS is caused by the fungal pathogen Fusarium virguliforme, which infects seedlings as early as one week after emergence, when root systems are vulnerable. SDS is often identified in fields infested with soybean cyst nematode (SCN). SCN feed on the root systems, which make soybean plants more susceptible to diseases like SDS.

Unfortunately, there are no in-season management tools for either SDS or SCN because the fungal infection is restricted to root systems and fungicides typically do not move downward in the plant to reach the site of infection. The key to preserving yields is to start strong and protect young root systems.

The addition of Clariva® Complete Beans with Mertect® 340-F seed treatment, a combination of separately registered products, to the Syngenta seed treatment portfolio marks a milestone in SDS management. Clariva Complete Beans offers season-long SCN protection as well as reduced damage from SCN-related diseases, such as SDS. Adding Mertect 340-F with direct activity on SDS provides a double mode of action to help manage SDS.

Before the recent introduction of seed-applied treatments, genetic resistance provided the primary management option to protect against SDS. Clariva Complete Beans and Mertect 340-F complement SDS-resistant NK® Soybean varieties and add an additional layer of protection to your investment, ultimately helping you grow more soybeans.

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