September Seed Treatment Newsletter

Seed Treatment Newsletter


Loose smut levels high
With harvest coming to a close, it has become apparent that incidences of loose smut, particularly in barley, have been notably high.
Notoriously difficult to control, loose smut is visible at ear emergence, with each grain replaced by a mass of black fungal spores. These spores are then released and carried by the wind to infect healthy plants.
Correct Seed Treatment is essential in preventing loose smut. Ipconazole, found in Rancona i-MIX is both a protective and curative fungicide, working systemically to prevent the development of the smut mycelium.
For more information contact our Technical Advice Line: 01482 231772

Blog guide for using treated seed
Many of you will be familiar with Seed Treatment stewardship experts, Roy Brooking and Tom Wheelhouse. Together, they have penned an excellent easy-to-digest guide for best practice when handling treated seed. This has also been used as the first Arysta LifeScience UK blog - a major leap forward for the team.
Read the guide here.

Crop establishment is key
With continued pressure on plant protection products, establishing crops this coming season will be as challenging as ever. Soil-borne pests can be devastating during crop establishment and beyond, but, help is available.
Signal 300ES deflects pests (wireworm and wheat bulb fly) from seeds and seedlings, improving crop establishment in wheat and barley. It works by creating a 'zone of protection' which allows the crop to establish itself, improving plant populations even under the most challenging of pest infestations.

What are azoles?
Effective against many fungal diseases, azoles are a familiar and well-established tool for many hoping to protect the quality of their crop. Azoles are a class of compounds widely exploited as anti-fungal agents for crop protection and pharmaceuticals.
One important application of azoles is as seed treatments – a direct application to the seed that safeguards seedlings from both seed-borne and soil-borne pathogens. 
Ipconazole belongs to the triazole class and has been shown to be one of the most effective fungicides for use in seed treatments across a range of crops. It has activity on all pathogen classes that cause disease on seed and seedlings of wheat and barley in the UK, and is therefore used against fusarium, microdochium, rhizoctonia, smuts and bunts across the world.
A combination of two fungicides, Rancona i-MIX by Arysta LifeScience pairs ipconazole with imazalil, another azole, but from the imidazole class.

Raising product awareness
As part of product and brand awareness raising, we have invested in a multi-platform autumn advertising campaign for both Signal 300ES and Rancona iMIX.
We have/are promoting our products in the following:
Farmers Weekly magazine August 25th + online.
Agronomist & Arable Farmer September issue.
Farmers Weekly magazine September 15th.

Help us to tell our story
Do you know a customer or farmer using Arysta LifeScience Seed Treatment products? We're looking for real-life case studies to share, so if you have someone in mind and think they'd be willing to help us to tell our story, please get in touch by contacting