Syngenta to launch Velista in 2014

By |  October 18, 2013

Syngenta announced today plans for the 2014 launch of Velista 50 WDG fungicide, a new tool for broad-spectrum disease control, for superintendents in the U.S. and Canada.

Syngenta acquired key assets for Velista from DuPont Crop Protection. Velista will be the first succinate dehydrogenase inhibitor (SDHI) class fungicide for turf from Syngenta. The active ingredient in Velista (penthiopyrad) is designated by the Fungicide Resistance Action Committee as FRAC group 7 and a member of the pyrazole carboxamide fungicide class.

Research studies have demonstrated that Velista is highly effective as a stand- alone product or tank mixture partner to control brown patch, dollar spot and anthracnose as well as other key turf diseases.

“Velista is an excellent addition to our turf portfolio,” said Scott Reasons, head, Syngenta Turf and Landscape in North America. “We appreciate just how complex and demanding a superintendent’s job can be, so we are pleased to offer one of the industry’s first SDHI chemistries for high performance disease management. Velista complements our existing portfolio and reinforces our commitment to provide world-class products to the turf market.”

Research cooperators across the U.S. have tested Velista, and the results are impressive, the company says.

“Velista will be a formidable turf disease management tool and a great addition for managing tough diseases on golf courses,” said Mark Coffelt, head, technical services, Syngenta Turf and Landscape North America.

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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