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22 September 2022

BAYER launches Control Prime the complete nematicide solution for greenhouse tomato cultivation

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Total protection for greenhouse tomatoes. True to its commitment to innovation, sustainability and digitalization, the company presents this new project as an effective alternative to combat nematodes, thanks to the combination of four reference products: Velum®, BioAct®, Nematool® and De Ruiter® Rootstocks.

The cornerstones of Control Prime

To meet the needs along the value chain, Control Prime bases its strategy on 3 simple steps: The process begins by ensuring optimal solarization, a soil disinfection technique that uses solar radiation to control nematodes and other pests, using the Nematool® digital tool.

The cycle continues with the genetics of De Ruiter® nematode resistant rootstocks and the application of Velum® at the time of transplanting to control nematodes and powdery mildew. De Ruiter® tomato rootstocks are adaptable to all types of soils, have a high root power that favors plant health, improves production, caliber, quality and flavor of the variety, facilitating crop management and increasing the productive potential of crops and their profitability.

During the crop cycle, BioAct® is applied to eliminate the nematode egg population, following the automatic warning of Nematool® on the first eggs of the next generation. For all these reasons, Control Prime is presented as the most effective alternative for the control of nematodes in tomato crops in both conventional and organic farming and zero residue.

For Diego Hernandez, head of market development of greenhouse crops Bayer Crop Science Spain "the company is committed to innovative solutions and digital tools that help farmers to meet the challenges that may arise and offer a profitable result. For his part, Juan Carlos Fernandez, head of Tomato Rootstocks, has pointed out the added value of De Ruiter® rootstocks of the new generation DR0141TX® and Vitalfort® "that provide greater protection against nematodes, a better useful plant in seedbed and better crop management in the greenhouse". Therefore, Fernandez stressed that "with this root protection of Control Prime, the tomato crop is more sustainable by reducing the use of phytosanitary products".

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