Minuet biological fungicide has been approved as a soil-applied biological for potatoes and other vegetable crops, a Dec. 7 news release from Bayer said. Minuet uses a FRAC Group BM02 fungicide active (Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713) to protect against soil-borne diseases such as rhizoctonia root rot, black scurf and stem canker, and it can also protect against pink rot and root rot caused by fusarium, phytophthora and pythium.
The release noted Minuet is designed for soil application. It has a concentrated formulation of Serenade SOIL, which is an in-furrow biological fungicide.
“As an in-furrow only product, Minuet is compatible with other in-furrow products such as Velum Prime nematicide/fungicide, or insecticide,” Meghann Garlough, campaign marketing manager for fruits and vegetables with Bayer, said in the release.
Proline GOLD fungicide is also now registered for use in potatoes in Western Canada, the release said. It has prothioconazole (Group 3) and fluopyram (Group 7) in it and allows for control of early blight, brown leaf spot and white mould, alongside suppression of black dot.
“We’ve seen Proline GOLD perform exceptionally well in Western Canada, against sclerotinia/white mould in canola and pulses, and we are pleased to extend that same performance to potato farmers as well,” Garlough said.
Both Minuet and Proline GOLD are available to potato farmers for the 2023 growing season.