Bayer CropScience has announced the launch of its Aeris Seed-Applied System for the 2007 cotton-growing season.

According to the company, the product offers broad-spectrum protection from all major early season insects and nematodes.

The Aeris Seed-Applied System consists of imidacloprid, the active ingredient in Gaucho Grande and thiodicarb. An optional fungicide component is also available through local dealers and seed companies.

Trilex Advanced, a 3-way fungicide mix, offers control of Pythium, Rhizoctonia solani, Fusarium and Thielaviopsis basicola.

According to Chris Kleyla, product manager, Aeris and Temik, Bayer CropScience, “Aeris and Temik give growers a complete set of tools for early season insect and nematode control, regardless of their on-farm soil and environmental conditions. Bayer sales representatives will work with cotton producers and their consultants to determine which product is best-suited for their production practices.”

Depending on local conditions, Aeris provides up to 28 days of thrips protection; up to 42 days of aphid protection; suppression of early season fleahoppers and plant bugs; and up to 28 days of nematode protection for farms with low to moderate populations.

University research data from 2005-06 indicate that Aeris can play a role in improving plant health and protecting cotton yields. Kleyla says the product contributes to enhanced root mass, root depth and leaf area. “These factors all correlate to potential yield increases.”

For the 2007 season, growers can request Aeris through the major cottonseed companies or by contacting their local Bayer CropScience field representatives. Aeris had not been registered in California at the time of this writing.

Additional pest control, plant response and yield data will be presented at the upcoming 2007 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 9-12 in New Orleans.