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Posted 19 December 2006. PMN Crop News.

AVICTA Complete Pak Performs in Its Inaugural Season

Syngenta Crop Protection.

Greensboro, North Carolina (December 18, 2006 )--Used widely by cotton growers during its inaugural season in 2006, AVICTA® Complete Pak delivered on its promise to help growers simplify their planting operations and provide equivalent efficacy to their current standard at-plant program. As the first new nematode control option introduced to growers in more than 30 years, AVICTA Complete Pak was eagerly adopted by U.S. growers looking for a more convenient and effective defense against all major early-season cotton pests.


Growers who planted cottonseed treated with AVICTA Complete Pak this season not only experienced better ease of use and more convenience but also saw early-season protection from nematodes, insects and diseases that was equal to or better than the competition 80 percent of the time. "In years past, I've always had to replant some cotton, but I didn't have to replant anything that I put AVICTA Complete Pak on,” said grower Steve Miller of Tahoka, Texas. "We didn't have any early insect problems and we didn't lose any plant population from seedling diseases, which we normally do. AVICTA Complete Pak was easy to use and it had the three different things in it that I needed. It worked really well and I'm definitely going to use it again next year.”

A combination of AVICTA seed treatment nematicide, Cruiser® seed treatment insecticide and Dynasty CST® seed-delivered fungicide, AVICTA Complete Pak comes to growers already on the seed and is ready to plant right out of the bag or bulk seed box. AVICTA Complete Pak offers instant seed protection from day one, promoting stronger stands and emergence and building the foundation for better yield and return on investment.

"The overwhelming adoption of AVICTA Complete Pak this year shows that growers were ready for a new and better way to protect their cotton from yield-robbing early-season pests,” said Steve Russell, marketing crop manager for Syngenta Seed Care. "Our lab and field tests over the years have shown that AVICTA Complete Pak works and that it's easy to use. Now our research is bolstered by the fact that growers are getting the same great results in their fields. We're looking forward to even greater adoption next season.”

AVICTA, the nematicide component of AVICTA Complete Pak, contains a proven contact nematicide that is extremely effective against all major species of cotton nematodes including southern root-knot, Columbia lance and reniform nematodes.

Cruiser, the insecticide component of AVICTA Complete Pak, is a systemic insecticide belonging to a subclass of neonicotinoids. Cruiser protects plants from a broad spectrum of seed, soil and foliar chewing and sucking insects, including thrips and aphids, to help get crops off to a healthy, vigorous start.

Dynasty CST, the fungicide component of AVICTA Complete Pak, contains three proven fungicides that deliver outstanding control of Pythium, Fusarium, and pre- and post-emergent Rhizoctonia. As a premier seed-delivered fungicide for cotton, Dynasty CST results in better emergence, more uniform stands, better early-season vigor and higher yield potential. Seed treated with AVICTA Complete Pak may be ordered from an authorized seed dealer. For more information about AVICTA Complete Pak, contact your Syngenta Crop Protection or Seed Care representative, or ask your local cottonseed dealer for more details.

Jodie McClement
Syngenta Crop Protection

Heather Pownall
Gibbs & Soell Public Relations