Syngenta Canada enters biological control market

Soybean cyst nematode continues to spread across Ontario.

Syngenta Canada has added a new biological control product to their portfolio with the introduction of Draco seed treatment.

The corn and soybean seed treatment is for suppression of key diseases and nematodes at the critical early stages of germination and seedling growth.

Draco features the bacteria Bacillus licheniformis and Bacillus subtilis, offering suppression of seed rot and seedling blight caused by Rhizoctonia solani and root knot nematode in corn and soybeans, plus soybean cyst nematode in soybeans. It also provides an additional mode of action against target pests.

Scott Ewert, head of seedcare with Syngenta Canada, says the company is very excited to bring this new biological technology to the seed treatment market.

“We have a long history of providing innovative solutions to our growers and seed company partners. Draco builds on this legacy, offering additional protection for corn and soybean growers at a crucial stage in their crop’s growth cycle,” Ewert explains.

Syngenta has partnered with a number of seed companies to plant demonstration plots this spring, ahead of making Draco commercially available for the 2022 growing season.