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Bayer seeks US OK for soybean seed treatment

Bayer CropScience has applied for US approval for the seed treatment, Ilevo (fluopyram), for the control of the soil-borne sudden death syndrome (Fusarium virguliforme) on soybeans. The fungicide would be the first to control the disease, Bayer points out. Sudden death syndrome is present in all major soybean-growing regions, causing "massive destruction" to crops, the company notes. Field trials have shown that Ilevo protects soybeans from early-season infection and reduces late-season leaf chlorosis and necrosis that leads to yield losses. Bayer hopes to receive approval for the product by the end of this year and to introduce it for the 2015 season. The company introduced its fluopyram-based Luna family of products for use on a wide range of crops in the US in 2012 (Agrow No 634, p 18).

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