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New marketers to handle Vitaflo fungicide

Chemical firm Chemtura Canada, maker of the fungicide seed treatment Vitaflo 280, has signed separate new marketing agreements for the product in Western and Eastern Canada.

Ag input distributor UAP Canada will handle sales and marketing for the product in Western Canada, while seed treatment supply firm Norac Concepts will distribute Vitaflo in the East.

Bayer CropScience had previously marketed Vitaflo on Chemtura’s behalf for five years.

Vitaflo 280 is registered for use on barley, wheat, oats, rye, triticale, flax (including edible oil flax and low-linolenic acid varieties), corn, dry common beans, snap common beans, peas, lentils and soybeans.

Vitaflo “provides control of smuts and other seedling diseases for a number of important crops,” said Brodie Blair, product manager for UAP Canada, in a release Monday.

The product is also the only Group 7M fungicide seed treatment product registered for use in Western Canada, Blair said, which boosts its benefit as a resistance management tool.

Vitaflo is sold in a ready-to-use (RTU) formulation for both commercial and on-farm treating, although treatment in Eastern Canada is handled mostly by custom seed treatment companies, Chemtura’s Keith Lockhart said Monday. Eastern farmers interested in Vitaflo treatments will want to contact their seed dealers, he added.

The product combines two active ingredients: carbathiin, which is made at Chemtura’s manufacturing plant at Elmira, Ont., and thiram.

The sales and marketing agreements with UAP and Norac will run initially for three years, Lockhart said.

Vitaflo also just recently became available to U.S. farmers through Trace Chemicals, a Chemtura subsidiary, he said.

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