Lucento Fungicide Now Available

The broad-spectrum product from FMC shows good control of leaf spot, white mold.

lucento field trialJust before the government shut down, FMC Corporation received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registration for Lucento fungicide. It came in the nick of time before all government-related work was put on hold and in plenty of time to be available to producers to use in the 2019 production season.

Lucento is a dual mode of action fungicide that provides long-lasting and broad-spectrum disease control in peanut, corn, soybeans, wheat and sugarbeets. In peanuts, the product provides excellent control of leaf spot and white mold while reducing the dependence on other important fungicides, like strobilurns. Some state registrations may still be pending. Consult your Extension agent or FMC representative to make certain the product is registered in your state.

“Lucento fungicide provides superior control especially under heavy disease pressure, which can be attributed to its good mobility in the plant. A highly systemic fungicide, it harnesses both acropetal and translaminar movement providing uniform leaf distribution and disease protection,” says Nick Hustedde, technical sales representative for FMC. “Ultimately, this pairing of bixafen and flutriafol delivers excellent prevention in the newer plant growth where the disease could spread.”

Effective Combination

University of Georgia Extension pathologist, Bob Kemerait, says he and other UGA pathologists have worked with Lucento in field trials.

“We don’t have all the data we may want, but we have enough data to say that it will be effective against the primary peanut diseases of leaf spot and white mold,” Kemerait says.

lucento quick factsWhile he says producers have a strong arsenal of leaf spot control materials available, the combination of leaf spot and white mold control is not as prevalent to producers.

Additionally, says Brent Jacobson, FMC fungicide product development manager, Lucento fungicide is active on diseases that have developed resistance to strobilurins, such as late leaf spot in peanuts and frogeye leaf spot in soybeans.

“With Lucento fungicide, growers are able to rely less on strobilurins and stem future resistance risk. We’re seeing dual mode of action fungicides consisting of a strobilurin and another active ingredient failing to control disease because the only effective piece in the product is the non-strobilurin component,” he says.

Stem Resistance Development

“Strobilurin resistance is growing, both in relevance and geography, and growers need new tools to counter this challenge and protect yield potential during the critical grain and pod fill stages.”

In other crops, such as corn, soybeans, sugarbeets and wheat, Lucento fungicide controls a wide spectrum of diseases, including: gray leaf spot, frogeye leaf spot, Southern corn rust, septoria brown spot, common corn rust, cercospora leaf blight, Northern corn leaf blight, Southern corn leaf blight and others.

Lucento fungicide encompasses two separate modes of action (flutriafol, FRAC Group 3, and bixafen, FRAC Group 7) to deliver broad-spectrum disease efficacy, fungicide resistance management, plant mobility and long-lasting residual control.

Lucento fungicide is the only proven tank-mix of SDHI bixafen and FMC-patented flutriafol active ingredients (AI), offering novel disease control not previously available to U.S. row crop growers.

For more information, contact your Extension agent or state plant pathologist or visit www.fmc.com.