Bayer CropScience has announced the introduction of Trilex AL Seed-Applied Fungicide for soybeans, which it says offers a broad spectrum of disease protection, including protecting soybean seeds and seedlings against seedborne fungi that may cause seed decay. It also protects soybeans against Rhizoctonia and Pythium spp., which are soilborne pathogens that cause seed and seedling damping-off.

“We think all soybean acres can benefit from a seed-applied fungicide package treatment,” said Paul Holliday, Bayer CropScience U.S. Business Operations Product Manager. “As cultural practices of growing soybeans have changed, more acres of soybeans are being treated with fungicides every year to protect the valuable seed.

“This new generation product is a result of the continued dedication of Bayer CropScience to being a partner for growth; we're excited to offer growers a new fungicide package with Trilex AL.”

As demonstrated in on-farm trials, growers may receive a positive return on investment when planting treated soybean seed. Bayer says a series of field trials shows Trilex AL-treated seed out-yielded untreated acres by as much as 19 percent.

Trilex AL is a strobilurin fungicide formulated with metalaxyl. It is a ready-to-use (RTU) formulation, making it easy to apply, providing excellent coverage and seed appearance. The application rate is 5.7 fluid ounces per 100 pounds of seed.

A concentrated formulation, Trilex FL, also is labeled for use on soybean seeds.

Trilex AL and Trilex FL are not labeled for management of Asian soybean rust.