Recent scouting has indicated the unwelcome return of flag smut, Urocystis agropyri, to U.S. wheat fields this season. Arysta LifeScience announced that select Rancona seed treatment products have received FIFRA 2(ee) recommendation for flag smut control on wheat.

As a result, the Rancona family of seed treatment products is recommended for use on wheat to control this disease in:
• Colorado
• Kansas
• Missouri
• Nebraska
• North Dakota
• Oklahoma
• South Dakota
• Texas

Flag smut is a fungus carried by spores that can be borne on seed, blown by wind short distances or moved with machinery. The spores, which may survive in the soil up to four years, infect the seed prior to emergence from the soil. Symptoms include dark streaks on the leaves of the infected plant and a twisted flag leaf.

“Flag smut tends to stunt growth and reduce tillering and can have a negative impact on yield,” notes Chris Wooley, Arysta LifeScience marketing manager, seed treatment. “Research1 shows that the use of an economical fungicide seed treatment like Rancona is highly effective in preventing the presence of flag smut.”

Treating wheat seed will help growers prevent a repeat experience with this disease challenge, as well as help prevent a number of other key yield- and profit-robbing diseases.

For more information, you can visit http://www.rancona.com/.