Nov 13, 2023
EPA approves Bayer’s Velum Rise fungicide/nematicide

Bayer has received EPA approval of its Velum Rise fungicide/nematicide for the suppression of Rhizoctonia, black dot, nematodes and other soilborne diseases.

Velum Rise features two active ingredients, penflufen and fluopyram, to help provide early season protection, establish potato crops and enhance yield potential, according to a news release.

Photos from one of four trails conducted by Bayer CropScience and Atlantic Agritech in 2020 and 2021. Treatments shown were inoculated with Rhizoctonia solani to represent a high-disease pressure environment. Photo: Provided

“We are excited to add Velum Rise to our Bayer 75-Day IPM potato portfolio, providing a new tool for potato growers to maximize their yields,” Jeff Baxter, Bayer product manager – fruits and vegetables, said in the release. “This product was designed specifically for potato growers to address some of the key diseases they face, like Rhizoctonia and black dot. As a fully trade-enabled product, this new tool is ready for the 2024 planting season to combat nematodes and suppress key diseases.”

Velum Rise can be used as an in-furrow application or can be soil-applied pre-planting, according to the release.

“Field trials have demonstrated consistent increases in total and marketable yield with Velum Rise applied in-furrow compared to nontreated controls,” Mitch Bauske, Bayer technology development representative for crop protection, said. “Our product is aimed at providing growers with the biggest possible boost in yield, tuber quality and economic return. This formulation provides these benefits through early season disease management and nematode suppression with a single application.”

Additional trial data has found that Velum Rise fungicide/nematicide can suppress both plant and tuber symptoms of Rhizoctonia and black dot, according to the release.

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