Syngenta's U.S. facility in Greensboro, N.C., recently released research data on their new Quilt Xcel fungicide indicating beneficial effects for plants under stress conditions, including drought. Quilt Xcel is a broad spectrum fungicide for control of plant diseases, making use of the active ingredients azoxystrobin and propiconazole. It is currently approved for use in 48 states, including N.C., S.C., Va. and WV.
The company points out Quilt Xcel boosts corn, soybean and cereal yields by shielding the plants from environmental stresses. Plants do better with Quilt Xcel under conditions of both too much or too little water, the company says, and the product both works to prevent and cure diseases throughout the plant.
In company-conducted corn yield research in Trenton, Ky., corn enhanced by Quilt Xcel under drought conditions produced slightly above 100 bushels per acre in research plots. That compares to less than 70 bu/A in untreated corn, and about 85 bu/A in corn protected by straight strobilurin alone.
Researchers noted that leaf curling was also significantly decreased in Quilt Xcel treated corn compared to untreated corn.
Drought-stressed soybeans in Findlay, Ohio, saw an increase of more than 10 bu/A increase in Quilt Xcel treated plots. Untreated plots yielded slightly above 65 bu/A but Quilt Xcel treated beans came in at well over 75 bu/A.
Syngenta notes that in one corn trial Quilt Xcel reduced lodging from 25% in untreated corn to just 3% in corn treated with Quilt Xcel. The company points out reduced lodging can save in fuel and equipment wear.
The company research also showed that Quilt-Xcel treated plants stay greener longer and that allows the plants to grow more, filling out with more grain as a result. Syngenta says their research shows their product grew larger corn ears and fuller soybean pods with larger beans than either untreated plants or plants treated with straight strobilurin. Their product also helps corn, soybeans and wheat grow larger and stronger roots with better water and nutrient uptake, even under stressed conditions.
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