New plant growth regulator for cereal crops registered

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Syngenta Canada recently announced the registration of Moddus, a new plant growth regulator that helps to mitigate lodging risk in wheat, barley and oats.

Crops that have lodged may suffer lower yields due to poor grain fill and lost grain. Farmers must often contend with delayed harvests, heavier workloads and increased grain cleaning, drying and storage costs. Lodged crops are also more susceptible to disease infection, which impacts quality.

“We know that lodging means major headaches and reduced income,” says Eric Phillips, Fungicides and Insecticides Product Lead with Syngenta Canada. “With Moddus, we are providing a solution that improves harvestability, lets growers push for higher yields and ultimately, get more in the bin.”

Moddus contains trinexapac-ethyl, an active ingredient with years of proven use to manage lodging in cereal crops around the world.

Moddus works by redirecting the plant’s production of gibberellic acid, a hormone responsible for growth, to reduce cell elongation. This results in plants with shorter, thicker stems and improved overall standability.

Moddus will be available for the 2021 growing season.

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