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Posted 19 December 2006. PMN Crop News.

TRILEX Advanced Gives Cotton Growers New Choice in Seedling Disease Protection

Bayer CropScience.

Research Triangle Park, N.C. (November 28, 2006) — Cotton growers will have an additional option for controlling key cotton seedling diseases in time for the 2007 production season. TRILEX™ Advanced Seed-Applied System, from Bayer CropScience, has received registration from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

"Each cotton producer faces a different set of cotton seedling diseases," said Chris Kleyla, product manager, Bayer CropScience. "TRILEX Advanced addresses this challenge because it controls a broad spectrum of seedling diseases." TRILEX Advanced has three active ingredients, which allows the product to control the most damaging early season diseases, including Rhizoctonia, Pythium, Thielaviopsis and Fusarium. The Cotton Disease Council’s Cotton Disease Loss Estimate Committee, through the National Cotton Council, reported that these diseases cost cotton growers thousands of bales of in lost yields each year. Fusarium wilt alone cost growers an estimated 81,000 bales in 2005.

"In severe instances, seedling diseases can prompt a re-plant if the stand loss is great enough," Kleyla said. Kleyla added that growers should consult with their local Extension agent, dealer or Bayer CropScience sales representative for fungicide recommendations. Planting date, crop rotation and field disease history can all affect the spectrum and severity of seedling diseases.