Cereal, pulse treatment cleared for on-farm application

Cereal and pulse crop growers have been cleared for on-farm application of one of Syngenta’s neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments, for control of pests such as wireworm and pea leaf weevil.

Syngenta Canada last week announced it had picked up federal registration for on-farm application of its Cruiser 5FS seed treatment to cereal and pulse seed, using a closed-system treater at limited rates.

Specifically, the new label allows growers to apply the thiamethoxam (Group 4) product to wheat, barley, rye, triticale, buckwheat, millet, dry peas, chickpeas, lentils, lupins and fava bean seed, using closed-system transfer, mixing and application equipment.

The label allows for seed to be treated on-farm at rates of up to 50 millilitres per 100 kg of seed, for control of pests including wireworm and European chafer in wheat and barley; wireworm in chickpea, lentil and dry pea crops; and pea leaf weevil in dry peas.

Other label uses for Cruiser 5FS, such as on corn, soybeans, sunflower, sorghum and dry edible beans, are still restricted to application at commercial seed treatment plants. Also, higher rates of up to 83 mL per 100 kg are allowed for use in peas against pea leaf weevil, but must be applied by commercial treaters.

The label also allows for Cruiser 5FS to be combined with related seed treatment fungicides, for control of seed- and soil-borne pathogens such as root rots and seedling blights. The full list of allowable combinations is on the new Cruiser 5FS product label.

Cruiser 5FS will be available for 2014 in refillable kegs.

“The on-farm label expansion is particularly exciting news for cereal and pulse growers who have a need to treat their seed,” Nathan Klages, Syngenta’s product lead for seedcare, said in the company’s release. — AGCanada.com Network