Plot size can influence yield benefits from fungicides

Fungicides are often evaluated in small-plot trials that are effective for assessment of disease control, but not very effective for assessment of true potential yield benefit.

Summit Agro USA R&D Manager Dr. Eric Tedford co-authored an article published in the journal Crop Protection investigating this question of whether plot size has an effect on the yield benefit of foliar fungicides. 

The authors’ research found evidence to support the idea that larger plots are more reflective of yield benefits that growers might recognize from fungicides compared to smaller plots. This is important for growers to remember when assessing fungicide yield data as they choose crop protection solutions.

Click here to read Eric Tedford’s Crop Protection article.

AVIV Technical Training Now Available

Summit Agro USA R&D Manager Dr. Eric Tedford has recorded a new technical training video detailing the many advantages offered by AVIV Advanced Microbial Fungicide. Highlights of the video include explanations of how the patented strain of Bacillus subtillis in AVIV works to defeat fungal and bacterial disease in the soil and on the plant surface, and the features which make the award-winning formulation of AVIV so outstanding. Plus, as always, Dr. Tedford goes over several key trials demonstrating the efficacy of AVIV against a variety of diseases.

AVIV is OMRI-listed for organic use, but is also an excellent component of conventional crop protection programs. It delivers broad-spectrum disease control in a wide range of crops. Click here to learn more about AVIV.

Eric Tedford presents SEICAN biopesticide for mite and insect control

Dr. Eric Tedford, R&D manager at Summit Agro USA, has released a new video presentation outlining the key characteristics of SEICAN biopesticide for broad-spectrum mite and insect control. SEICAN is a fast-acting, natural crop protection product labeled for an extensive range of crops. It is OMRI-listed for organic use, and compatible with many beneficial organisms, yet SEICAN is also an excellent fit for conventional agriculture, and is compatible with a wide variety of active ingredients. Watch the video for trial data demonstrating how SEICAN can deliver effective mite and insect control that is comparable to many synthetic products.

SummitAgro USA and Seipasa Announce Exclusive Distributorship

Two leading players in the biologicals crop protection space have announced an exclusive distributorship arrangement. SummitAgro USA will now have the sole rights to Seipasa S.A.’s products for sale in the United States based on this newly signed agreement.

“This partnership between the two companies is based on Seipasa recognizing the strength of SummitAgro and its commitment to providing our partners with innovative crop production solutions to meet the needs of growers across the United States. Alignment with SummitAgro also provides Seipasa access to the strong global opportunities and network that SummitAgro possesses. In addition, it will streamline Seipasa business activities,” said Bill Lewis, president and CEO of Summit Agro USA.

“The infusion of SummitAgro’s resources for these products will be an exciting development for both conventional and organic growers across the U.S. Customers can expect a seamless experience with this distributor agreement in place,” Lewis added. “SummitAgro will work to ensure customers have no disruption of AVIV and SEICAN”.

Pedro Peleato, CEO of Seipasa, expressed his satisfaction with this partnership agreement with Summit-Agro for the distribution of SEICAN and AVIV products. “SummitAgro is perfectly aligned with the main values of our Natural Technology model applied to agriculture. SEICAN and AVIV are two exponents of that model as biological, effective and highly technical solutions for pest and disease control,” said Peleato.

TIMOREX ACT Fungicide Receives California Registration for Fruits and Vegetables

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has recently granted registration approval for TIMOREX ACT fungicide. This OMRI-listed product delivers advanced natural plant disease control in multiple fruit and vegetable crops.

This versatile fungicide from SummitAgro USA is based on a botanical extract of the tea tree plant. A purely organic formulation, TIMOREX ACT is highly effective against a broad spectrum of both foliar and soil-borne diseases.

TIMOREX ACT is a FRAC Code 46 fungicide containing the active ingredient tea tree oil. Because tea tree oil is a natural compound, and formulated with organic approved complementary components, TIMOREX ACT is OMRI listed for organic uses.

“TIMOREX ACT has unique activity against both fungal and bacterial plant pathogens.” explained Eric Tedford, SummitAgro field R&D manager. “Having activity against bacterial diseases as well as fungal diseases is a huge benefit to growers as both pathogens can greatly limit yield and quality and there are not many products available to growers for control of bacterial diseases.”

Tedford added that a useful training module for TIMOREX ACT is accessible at summitagro-usa.com.

TIMOREX ACT Training Video Now Available

In this new training video, SummitAgro USA R&D manager Dr. Eric Tedford dives into the properties of TIMOREX ACT fungicide and its active ingredient Tea Tree Oil, explaining why this product is truly remarkable for broad-spectrum control of fungal and bacterial diseases in a wide variety of crops for both organic and conventional production.

Click here to learn more about TIMOREX ACT.

SEICAN Biopesticide Receives California Registration

DURHAM, NC — The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has recently granted SEICAN biopesticide registration approval for use in the state.

This approval brings to California growers an OMRI-listed miticide-insecticide that is highly effective against multiple pests with high economic impact on the wide variety of crops grown in the state.

“SEICAN is broad spectrum biopesticide based on cinnamaldehyde,” explained Jim Sturges, SummitAgro Western Regional Sales Manager. “SEICAN acts quickly to provide high efficacy at low doses and is ideally suited for conventional, sustainable, and organic farming programs.”

With dual modes of action SEICAN acts by contact on target pests with a repellant effect that prevents new infestations. This new biopesticide offers California growers an excellent alternative to mineral oils and chemical acaricides, Well-suited for resistance management programs, SEICAN also presents a 0-day pre-harvest interval.

Click here to learn more about SEICAN.

AVIV

BASED ON A PATENTED STRAIN OF BACILLUS SUBTILIS, AVIV DELIVERS BROAD-SPECTRUM DISEASE CONTROL BOTH IN SOIL AND ON PLANT SURFACES.

AVIV® advanced microbial fungicide uses a patent-protected formulation for increased bioavailability of the active ingredient, requiring far less product for excellent control of diseases in a wide variety of high-value fruit and vegetable crops. Its biological nature makes it ideal for both organic and conventional programs, integrating easily into production to improve disease control and yields. AVIV is an OMRI-listed product.

TIMOREX GOLD® Biofungicide Now Available to California Growers

DURHAM, NC —

SummitAgro USA announces registration in California for TIMOREX® GOLD, a natural botanical broad-spectrum fungicide.  TIMOREX GOLD is the world’s leading biofungicide and used in nearly 40 countries worldwide. It provides strong control of many common fungal and bacterial diseases including Powdery mildews, Early blight, and Botrytis in a wide range of crops.

“TIMOREX GOLD has been specifically formulated to keep early season disease pressures low. It can also be used late in the season due to its short PHI and REI requirements” said Fred Yates, SummitAgro Marketing Manager. “Plus, this innovative mode of action helps prevent resistance development in synthetic disease programs. When used in rotational programs TIMOREX GOLD has demonstrated improved plant vigor and yield.”

With a unique 46 FRAC code, the development of TIMOREX GOLD was based on a complex blend of natural chemicals from a plant extract from the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). Based on this, TIMOREX GOLD will bring California producers a wide range of features and benefits that include:

  • Multiple modes of action
  • Control of a wide range of plant pathogens, particularly bacterial and ascomycete diseases
  • Resistance management
  • No residues; no MRL
  • No measurable effect on beneficial insects and bees
  • Easily adapted into sustainable and IPM practices
  • Non-persistent in the environment

 “We are excited to add TIMOREX GOLD to the SummitAgro portfolio of products in California. The broad-spectrum benefits to growers from TIMOREX GOLD across numerous crops will be immediate,” Yates added.

Click here to learn more about TIMOREX GOLD.

Seipasa and SummitAgro USA Sign an Alliance to Distribute SEICAN Biopesticide in the USA

Seipasa, the Spanish international company specializing in the development and formulation of biopesticides, biostimulants and fertilizers for agriculture, and SummitAgro USA, dedicated to bringing innovative solutions to the crop protection market, are announcing an agreement for the distribution and market development of SEICAN botanical-based biopesticide throughout the USA. 

Under this agreement, SummitAgro USA will market and sell the product formulated and developed by Seipasa. Seican is registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is OMRI certified. 

Seican presents a dual mode of action as insecticide and acaricide. Developed from a formulation based on substances of botanical origin, Seican provides high efficacy at low doses and is ideally suited for IPM, organic farming and sustainable programs. 

Seican is also suitable for resistance management and presents a PHI of 0 days. The product enters the US market to provide farmers with a new and effective biological tool for pest control. 

Pedro Peleato, CEO of Seipasa, claimed that “the agreement between Seipasa and SummitAgro USA is a further step in Seipasa’s strategy to access new markets by obtaining new biopesticide registrations. The United States is a key market in our international expansion and SummitAgro USA is an excellent partner to strengthen our position and make progress in the generation of profitable, sustainable and effective solutions for farmers”.

Bill Lewis, President and CEO of SummitAgro USA, also commented,” SummitAgro is very excited for the opportunity to work with Seipasa.  The addition of Seican to the existing strong SummitAgro brand family allows SummitAgro to add an excellent biological miticide/insecticide to our strong brand family. We are confident that in coordination with our exclusive distribution partners, Helena Agri Enterprises and the Tenkoz Member Companies, we will be able to effectively deliver Seican to growers across the USA. We are very happy to represent Seican in the US crop protection market”. 

Click here to learn more about SEICAN.