Novartis Crop Protection announced it has received registration for its Maxim MZ Nubark (fir bark formulation) with production started March 31.
Kiran Shetty, technical manager, and Steve Russell, associate crop manager for seed treatments, said use rate for Maxim-MZ Nubark will be .5 pound/cwt.
In addition, Novartis announced that its Maxim-MZ potato seed protectant will suppress seed-to-seed transmission of Phytophthora infestans (late blight) during cutting, handling, and planting operations.
Novartis officials cautioned, however, that late blight suppression via seed treatment is no guarantee the disease can be prevented from occurring in the field where Maxim-MZ was used.
Using Maxim-MZ seed treatment as part of an integrated program for late blight suppression will reduce potential seed-borne sources of disease, the company explained.