Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. introduces Dividend Extreme seed treatment fungicide, a new and improved formulation of Dividend XL.

The broadest spectrum cereal fungicide seed treatment, Dividend Extreme controls 16 early-season seed-borne, soil-borne and certain fall foliar diseases in wheat, including general seed rots, Pythium damping off, common root rot, loose smut, seed-borne Fusarium and Septoria, powdery mildew, Septoria leaf blotch, take-all and dwarf bunt.

“Although Dividend XL continues to have an excellent performance history and controls more diseases than any other cereal fungicide seed treatment on the market, we wanted to make the product easier to work with,” said Steve Russell, seed treatment crop manager for Syngenta.

“While creating the new formulation, we also took the opportunity to increase the performance, specifically against Pythium. The result is a more effective and easier to use product for both wheat growers and seed companies.”

With a systemic mode of action, Dividend Extreme contains 12 grams of Dividend (difenoconazole) and 3 grams of Apron XL (mefenoxam) per kg of seed. Apron XL inhibits the growth and development of Pythium spp., the causal agent of seed rot and damping off, while Dividend provides activity on the remaining labeled diseases.

With three times the former rate of Apron XL, Dividend Extreme offers unmatched control of Pythium damping off, while still maintaining Dividend's reputation for outstanding seed safety.

In addition to providing increased Pythium control, the new formulation offers improved flowability, less dust off, better adhesion to the seed and minimized build up in the seed treater to ensure thorough coverage of the seed and improve performance.

“Dividend Extreme not only provides a more convenient formulation and enhanced performance against Pythium, but its real advantage is its ability to aid in the development of strong, uniform stands without delaying emergence,” said Russell. “This is what ultimately helps increase yield potential and leads to a more profitable crop.”

Applied by commercial seed companies, Dividend Extreme greatly reduces the producer's exposure to pesticides at planting and eliminates the labor and handling involved in applying a separate fungicide. The low-rate formulation also reduces environmental exposure.

For more information on Dividend Extreme, contact your local Syngenta Crop Protection or seed treatment representative, or ask you local seed dealer.