For protection of the peanut crop beginning with the seed
going into the ground, producers have always relied
on seed treatments. Now, Syngenta Crop Protection is
offering CruiserMaxx Peanuts, the first seed treatment
with both an insecticide and fungicide for maximum protection.
CruiserMaxx Peanuts offers growers convenient, seed-delivered
protection in their fight against damaging pests, featuring
Cruiser PD insecticide and Dynasty PD fungicide.
Go For Early Protection
The insecticide component is a systemic with a broad range
of protection against sucking and chewing insects. The active
ingredient, thiamethoxam, moves quickly into the plant and targets
the nervous system of pests, causing mortality 24 to 48 hours
The fungicide component, Dynasty PD, offers excellent
plantability and coverage as well as protection against damaging
soilborne and seedborne diseases, including fusarium, Rhizoctonia,
Pythium and others, plus suppression of white mold.
Providing effective protection from day one, CruiserMaxx
Peanuts will also help increase vigor, improve stand establishment
and increase yield and quality potential by providing protection
to peanuts before the seed even germinates.
Convenience An Advantage
Steven Pittman, a producer in Norfolk, Va., says that he saw
several advantages with CruiserMaxx Peanuts seed treatment.
“For starters, it’s applied directly to the seed. You literally
just dump the peanuts in the planter and go. No tank-mixing,
no calibrating your planter, no handling chemicals…it really
makes for a more efficient operation.
“On top of that, I noticed the CruiserMaxx-treated peanuts
actually looked healthier under thrips pressure than our untreated
Pittman says he plans to use the seed treatment again.
Chad Chandler, vice president of farmerstock acquisitions at
McClesky Mills, Smithville, Ga., says that producers can go for
the added benefit of both insect and early season disease control
in the new seed treatment.
“The fact that it’s a premix means the grower doesn’t have to
deal with the granular insecticide component, which takes mixing
and calibration out of the equation and makes application
considerably more convenient,” Chandler says. “Our growers
who used CruiserMaxx Peanuts last year want to continue using
it and plan to use it on all of their acres.”
CruiserMaxx Peanuts offers:
Add Foliar Application To Boost Thrips Control
Ames Herbert, Extension entomologist with Virginia Tech’s
Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk,
worked with Syngenta’s peanut insecticide seed treatment
for four years, both in small plot tests on the research station
and in producers’ fields. He says that in talking with Dr. Rick
Brandenburg at North Carolina State University, they both
agree that this relatively new thrips control option offers an effective
and convenient option for peanut growers.
“Under low thrips pressure, I think growers will be pleased
with what they see,” Herbert says. “Under moderate-to-high
thrips pressure, an additional foliar application will be needed
to boost and prolong the control.”
For more information on CruiserMaxx Peanuts, go to their
Web site at www.syngentacropprotection.com or contact your
Syngenta Crop Protection Representative. PG
Syngenta Crop Protection contributed to this article.