Obvius Fungicide Seed Treatment Gets EPA Registration

John DavisAgribusiness, BASF, Fungicides

basfBASF’s Obvius fungicide seed treatment has received full registration from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This news release from the company says fungicide can be used on pulse, podded vegetables and canola. State registrations are forthcoming.

“This is the newest tool from BASF to help growers get their season off on the right foot,” said Justin Clark, Technical Marketing Specialist, BASF. “With three unique modes of action, it provides broad spectrum seed and seedling disease control from the start.”

Powered by Xemium® fungicide and F500® fungicide, the same active ingredients found in Priaxor® fungicide, as well as metalaxyl, Obvius fungicide seed treatment helps provide seedling disease control pressure often found in areas where pulse, podded vegetables and canola are grown.

Research field trials in 2015 showed that applying Obvius fungicide seed treatment can result in more rapid and increased emergence, long-term residual disease activity and improved seedling health. Troublesome seedling diseases it controls include Ascochyta blight, Pythium, Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Botrytis and others.

In trials conducted by Montana State University in 2012, treated lentil crops experienced only a 2 percent incidence in Ascochyta blight, a devastating seedling disease. This compared to a 21 percent disease incidence in the untreated check. Additionally, Obvius fungicide seed treatment has proven superior activity against Rhizoctonia, which can lead to root rot and seed rot in pulse and podded vegetable crops.

Local BASF dealers have more information.