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December 12, 2022

New Minuet® biological fungicide receives approval for use in potatoes and vegetable crops; Propulse® and Proline GOLD® fungicides granted registration for potatoes

Calgary, AB (December 7, 2022) – Today the Crop Science Division of Bayer announced that Minuet® biological fungicide has been approved as a soil-applied biological for potatoes and other vegetable crops. Minuet biological fungicide uses a FRAC Group BM02 fungicide active (Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713) to deliver protection against soil-borne diseases such as rhizoctonia root rot, black scurf and stem canker, plus it has activity against pink rot and root rot caused by fusarium, phytophthora and pythium.

Minuet is specifically designed for soil application and is a valuable addition to a full-season program to support increased crop quality and yield potential. Minuet is a concentrated formulation of Serenade® SOIL, a proven in-furrow biological fungicide. With a low use rate and concentrated packaging that translates to less bulk and waste, Minuet supports best practices in agricultural sustainability.

“Canadian potato and vegetable growers now have another tool in their field management system," says Meghann Garlough, Campaign Marketing Manager – Fruit & Vegetables. “As an in-furrow product, Minuet is compatible with other in-furrow products such as Velum® Prime nematicide/fungicide.”

Also, Propulse® fungicide and Proline GOLD® are now registered for use in potatoes in Eastern and Western Canada, respectively. With the powerful performance of prothioconazole (Group 3) and fluopyram (Group 7) actives, potato farmers can use Propulse or Proline GOLD for control of early blight, brown leaf spot and white mould, alongside suppression of black dot.

“We’ve seen Propulse perform exceptionally well in white mould in dry and edible beans, and blueberries, and we are pleased to extend that same performance to potato farmers in Eastern Canada,” says Garlough. “Similarily, Proline GOLD has performed strongly to control sclerotinia/white mould in canola and pulses in Western Canada. Both Propulse and Proline GOLD deliver excellent control of Alternaria and white mould in potatoes and each product is easy to use with one labelled rate.”

Minuet, Propulse and Proline GOLD are available to potato farmers for the 2023 growing season. For more information on Minuet, Propulse or Proline GOLD, visit www.cropscience.bayer.ca. Growers are encouraged to talk to their local Bayer representative to learn more.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Bayer, Bayer Cross, Minuet®, Proline®, Propulse®, Serenade® and Velum® are registered trademarks of Bayer Group. Used under license. Bayer CropScience Inc. is a member of CropLife Canada. ©2022 Bayer Group. All rights reserved.

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About Bayer

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About Bayer Crop Science Canada

In Canada, Bayer Crop Science offers growers a wide choice of tailored solutions with an integrated product portfolio of crop protection products, seed treatment technologies, plant biotechnology and digital farming solutions. As a top employer in Canada, the Crop Science division employs over 550 people, spanning 22 research, breeding, production and office sites across the country. For more information, visit www.cropscience.bayer.ca

For further information, contact:

Meghann Garlough
Campaign Marketing Manager – Fruit & Vegetables
Bayer Crop Science Inc.
Phone: +1 226-979-3294
meghann.garlough@bayer.com

Leslie Sim
Senior Associate
Weber Shandwick Canada
Phone: + 1 403-826-5827
LSim@webershandwick.com

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