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September 19, 2023

Bayer launches Velum® Rise Fungicide/Nematicide and Emesto® Complete Seed-piece Treatment for Canadian Potato Growers

Calgary, AB (September 19, 2023) – Today, the Crop Science division of Bayer announced that Emesto® Complete fungicide and insecticide seed-piece treatment and Velum® Rise fungicide/nematicide have been registered for use in Canada. Emesto Complete and Velum Rise expand Bayer’s commitment to provide Canadian potato growers with leading crop protection products.

“This is a very exciting time,” says Meghann Garlough, Campaign Marketing Manager, Fruit and Vegetables at Bayer. “Emesto Complete and Velum Rise are part of our commitment to delivering effective, innovative, and convenient solutions for potatoes.”

Emesto Complete – Building on Trusted Performance

Emesto Complete fungicide and insecticide seed-piece treatment is a co-pack that includes Group 4 insecticide clothianidin and the strengths of Emesto Silver fungicide with Group 3 prothioconazole and Group 7 penflufen for broad-spectrum protection against key pests and diseases. The inclusion of the new and improved clothianidin formulation provides excellent control of aphids, Colorado potato beetles, potato flea beetle, and potato leafhopper. The fungicide actives are highly effective in protecting against some of the worst diseases, such as fusarium tuber rot, including current resistant strains, and seed-borne rhizoctonia such as black scurf, stem, and stolon canker.

“As an all-in-one seed-piece treatment, Emesto Complete offers protection in one convenient package so you can feel confident in your potato crop from the beginning,” says Garlough. “Not only is it simple to apply, Emesto Complete is also efficient with a low dose rate and low water volumes.”

Emesto Complete will be available for the 2024 growing season.Just like Emesto Silver, each case of Emesto Complete will treat 425 cwt of seed. Farmers are encouraged to talk to their local Bayer representative and retail to learn more, or visit

Velum Rise – Maximizing Quality and Yield Potential

Velum® Rise is a broad-spectrum fungicide/nematicide for in-furrow application in potatoes that combines the Group 7 active ingredients fluopyram and penflufen to deliver advanced protection against crop diseases and nematodes. Velum Rise builds on the trusted performance and user experience of Velum Prime, while broadening the disease spectrum helping Canadian potato farmers maximize quality and yield potential. It provides excellent control of soil-borne black scurf, stem, and stolon canker caused by Rhizoctonia solani, as well as providing suppression of early blight, black dot, and plant pathogenic nematodes.

“Velum Rise complements the Bayer potato portfolio by providing strong control on yield-robbing diseases,” says Garlough. “Canadian potato growers now have two additional tools in their field management system,” says Garlough. “Velum Rise is compatible with other in-furrow products such as Minuet® biological fungicide and with Emesto Silver or Emesto Complete seed-piece treatment.”

Velum Rise will be available in 8.1 L jugs for the 2024 growing season. At a rate of 404 mL/ac, one jug will treat 20 acres. Farmers are encouraged to talk to their local Bayer representative and retail to learn more, or visit

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Bayer, Bayer Cross, Emesto®, Minuet®, and Velum® are trademarks of Bayer Group. Used under license. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Bayer CropScience Inc. is a member of CropLife Canada. ©2023 Bayer Group. All rights reserved.

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For further information, contact:

Meghann Garlough
Campaign Marketing Manager – Fruit & Vegetables
Bayer CropScience Inc.
Phone: +1 226 979-3294

Adam Bornstein
Senior Account Manager
Weber Shandwick Canada
Phone: + 1 905 505-2540

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