INOVATE™ System Receives Approval for Use with EMD Crop BioScience Rhizobia Products

Growers assured effectiveness of both products when used in conjunction with each other

March 9, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced the addition of the INOVATE System to the list of products compatible with the rhizobia products from EMD Crop BioScience, including Optimize® 400.

INOVATE contains clothianidin insecticide from Valent (NipsIt INSIDE® Insecticide, newly registered for use in soybeans), plus a custom combination of ipconazole and metalaxyl fungicides (RANCONA Xxtra Fungicide) from Chemtura Corporation. Together these three super systemic ingredients provide broad spectrum contact and systemic seed and seedling protection.

“The compatibility of the INOVATE System with industry leading rhizobia products is helping move seed protection to a new level,” said Glen Karaffa, Valent Seed Protection business manager. “Partnering with the strong offering of rhizobia products from EMD, including Optimize 400, makes INOVATE an even better choice for early season seed protection.”

Karen Arthur, Valent research and development manager, said receiving approval from EMD to apply the three active ingredients in the INOVATE System simultaneously or sequentially with a rhizobia application allows growers greater planting flexibility.

“EMD trials show seed treated with both INOVATE and their Optimize 400 product has a shelf life of up to 120 days,” stated Arthur. “That flexibility, from time of application until the date of planting ensures that growers will have time to get the crop in the field despite spring weather challenges.

According to Arthur, pairing INOVATE with a rhizobia application results in more holistic seed protection from pests and diseases, while promoting nitrogen uptake–increasing the vigor of the plant.

“Our testing has shown treatments of INOVATE applied simultaneously or sequentially with rhizobia equaled similar nodulation development to rhizobia applications alone,” Arthur said. “Using this program, growers with low nitrogen fields, in both conventional and no-till programs, can promote nitrogen uptake and increase the health of the crop.”

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Valent, headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for agricultural, professional and consumer use. It differentiates itself from its competitors as a leader in marketing and sales of both biorational and traditional chemical products.