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Two new products available to Canadian potato growers

September 19, 2023  By Potatoes in Canada

Bayer’s Crop Science division announced that Emesto® Complete fungicide and insecticide seed-piece treatment and Velum® Rise fungicide/nematicide are now registered for use in Canada, expanding Bayer’s crop protection products for Canadian potato growers.

“This is a very exciting time,” says Meghann Garlough, campaign marketing manager, fruit and vegetables at Bayer. “Emesto Complete and Velum Rise are part of our commitment to delivering effective, innovative and convenient solutions for potatoes.”

Emesto Complete


Emesto Complete fungicide and insecticide seed-piece treatment is a co-pack that includes Group 4 insecticide clothianidin and the strengths of Emesto Silver fungicide with Group 3 prothioconazole and Group 7 penflufen for broad-spectrum protection against key pests and diseases. The inclusion of the clothianidin formulation provides control of aphids, Colorado potato beetles, potato flea beetle and potato leafhopper. The fungicide actives are effective in protecting against some of the worst diseases, such as fusarium tuber rot, including current resistant strains, and seed-borne rhizoctonia such as black scurf, stem and stolon canker.

“As an all-in-one seed-piece treatment, Emesto Complete offers protection in one convenient package so you can feel confident in your potato crop from the beginning,” says Garlough. “Not only is it simple to apply, Emesto Complete is also efficient with a low dose rate and low water volumes.”

Emesto Complete will be available for the 2024 growing season. Just like Emesto Silver, each case of Emesto Complete will treat 425 cwt of seed.

Velum Rise

Velum® Rise is a broad-spectrum fungicide/nematicide for in-furrow application in potatoes that combines the Group 7 active ingredients fluopyram and penflufen to deliver protection against crop diseases and nematodes. Velum Rise builds on the performance and user experience of Velum Prime, while broadening the disease spectrum helping Canadian potato farmers maximize quality and yield potential. It provides control of soil-borne black scurf, stem and stolon canker caused by Rhizoctonia solani, as well as providing suppression of early blight, black dot and plant pathogenic nematodes.

“Velum Rise complements the Bayer potato portfolio by providing strong control on yield-robbing diseases,” says Garlough. “Canadian potato growers now have two additional tools in their field management system,” says Garlough. “Velum Rise is compatible with other in-furrow products such as Minuet® biological fungicide and with Emesto Silver or Emesto Complete seed-piece treatment.”

Velum Rise will be available in 8.1 L jugs for the 2024 growing season. At a rate of 404 mL/ac, one jug will treat 20 acres.

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