AgraQuest, Inc.’s Serenade Soil fungicide is now available for growers of bulb vegetables including onions, leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach, strawberries, and cole crops in most of the U.S. In addition, the product can now also be used for control of Sclerotium rolfsii in tomatoes and peanuts. The product is based on AgraQuest’s patented active ingredient Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713.
“We’re excited by the expansion of Serenade Soil into new crops,” said Sarah Reiter, AgraQuest’s vice president of marketing, Agrochemicals & Food Value Chain. “Growers of leafy vegetables, brassicas, and bulb crops will now have access to the soil disease and yield benefits of Serenade Soil proven through several years of expanding use in crops like potatoes.”
Applied at planting or transplanting, the fungicide first attacks soil-dwelling pathogens, and then quickly builds a disease protection zone around the seed. As the seedling grows, the beneficial bacteria in Serenade Soil continue to grow, attaching themselves to the roots of the plant, expanding the disease protection zone.
Available in the U.S. since January 2010, Serenade Soil fungicide has quickly gained acceptance among growers focused on increasing their yields and profits. Registrations for many of these expanded uses in California are anticipated later this year.
For more information, go to www.agraquest.com.
Source: AgraQuest press release