Corteva set to launch its new cereal fungicide in 2020

Agrochemical and seed giant Corteva Agriscience is set to launch its new cereal fungicide for the 2020 season with its different mode of action to current products which may help slowdown fungicide resistance.

The group, which is the agricultural division of DowDuPont, had hoped to see its much-anticipated Inatreq made available in 2019, but after delays in getting the product through the approval process it is now confident UK sales will start in 2020.

Adrian Gough, the group’s UK and Ireland country manager, says the fungicide with a new mode of action to other popular products will be important for disease resistance management in the future.

“We believe we are on track for a 2020 launch,” he told Farmers Weekly.

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The only two groups of systemic fungicides giving control over wheat’s most damaging disease septoria – azoles and SDHIs – are showing a decline in efficacy against the disease, illustrating the need for a new fungicide with a different mode of action.

The fungicide has been trialled over the last two seasons on a few selected farms in England and Scotland and has shown very good control of septoria, Mr Gough added.

The product is likely to be launched as a co-formulation or with suggested partner fungicides with  different modes of action in a further move to help delay the onset of fungicide resistance.