• By Zane Grabau •
There are relatively few products to manage nematodes in row crops, so new products or product changes are something agricultural professionals should be aware of. In 2021, new releases or product changes have been made for certain nematode-resistant cultivars and nematicides (Figure 1).
First, Velum (Bayer) is available for row crops and horticulture crops in the Southeast. Velum has the active ingredient fluopyram, which has activity against both nematodes and fungal pathogens.
In row crops, it replaces Velum Total, which had both imidacloprid and fluopyram. Velum is labelled for corn, cotton and peanuts as well as most horticulture crops at a maximum rate of 6.84 fluid ounces peracre. Velum is more concentrated than Velum Total, so the amount of active ingredient applied is the same despite a lower rate than Velum Total.
In horticulture crops, Velum is a rebranding of Velum Prime, but the two products are identical. Application methods are retained from prior products. Velum Total and Velum Prime remain legal to apply.
Another fluopyram product, Propulse, retains labels for corn (in-furrow at 8 fluid ounces per acre) and peanut (in-furrow or foliar at pegging at 13.6 fluid ounces per acre). Propulse also contains the fungicide prothioconazole.
Fluopyram products have efficacy against nematodes. Use the links at the bottom of the article to access previously published articles discussing efficacy in peanut, corn, and cotton.
A second nematicide product is Averland FC (Vive Crop Protection), which contains the active ingredient abamectin. It is labelled for nematodes on corn as an in-furrow at a maximum rate of 6 fluid ounces per acre. Abamectin is also an insecticide, and Averland FC is labelled for that purpose in other crops.
Abamectin seed treatments have been available for many years and can have some efficacy. In-furrow Averland FC or other abamectin products have not been tested extensively in row crops, so no recommendations about this specific product are given at this time.
Abamectin binds tightly to soil, limiting its distribution in soil. Distribution is important for efficacy, which is an additional reason testing in-furrow methods before making recommendations is important. Averland FC is labelled for “suppression” of nematodes, which is a lesser standard of management than a nematicide labelled for “control” of nematodes.
Finally, new cotton cultivars with reported resistance to both southern root-knot nematode and reniform nematode are available for the 2021 growing season. Those two nematodes are the main nematode threats to cotton in Florida and the Southeast.
Resistance to reniform nematode has not been available in commercial cultivars in the past, so it would be a major tool for nematode management. Phytogen 443 (mid maturity), Phytogen 332 (early-mid maturity) and Deltapine 2141NR (mid-full maturity) are varieties with resistance to both nematodes and intended for use in the Southeast.
Testing of these varieties in replicated university research trials in the Southeast has been limited thus far, so the profiles and recommendations for these varieties are evolving. Newer Phytogen varieties, including 332 and 443, are reported by Phytogen to have double-gene resistance to root-knot nematode in addition to bacterial blight resistance.
From past research, varieties with this background have a relatively high level of resistance to root-knot nematodes. Initial data suggests 443, as well as Phytogen 545, a new variety in 2021 with root-knot nematode resistance, are also effective (Figures 2 and 3).
For all three cultivars, confirmation of the level of resistance to reniform nematode is ongoing, although the new Phytogen varieties had visually improved growth in on-farm demonstrations under reniform nematode pressure.
Zane Grabau is a field crop nematology assistant professor at the University of Florida. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.