Bayer sheds Rovral fungicide brand

A fungicide used in Canada to control sclerotinia stem rot in canola, and diseases in several vegetable, hothouse and ornamental crops and turf, has a new owner.

Bayer CropScience last week announced it has sold two fungicide brand families, Rovral and Sportak, in a deal that includes the two products’ worldwide agricultural uses outside of Europe.

The new owner is Philadelphia chemical company FMC Corp., which did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.

Rovral, a Group 2 (iprodione) foliar fungicide, is registered in Canada for use in canola crops to control sclerotinia stem rot and suppress of alternaria black spot at the 20 to 50 per cent bloom stage, and for control of alternaria black spot at the early green pod stage.

The product is also registered for use in the Prairie provinces and the B.C. Peace region for control of sclerotinia in alfalfa seed crops, through a user-requested minor use label expansion.

For those uses, Bayer’s product has been distributed by Monsanto Canada in the Prairie provinces since 2008, under the name Rovral Rx. Monsanto said Thursday it still has Rovral Rx in inventory and will continue to sell it.

For other uses, Bayer CropScience has marketed the product in Canada itself under the brand names Rovral WP and Rovral Green GT, through its Bayer Environmental Science business unit.

Rovral WP, sold in a wettable powder format, is registered for disease control in various fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops, such as for control of botrytis bunch rot in grapes, botrytis fruit rot in strawberries, brown rot in peaches and plums, grey mould fruit rot in raspberries, alternaria in cauliflower and stored cabbage, and sclerotinia white mould in white beans, kidney beans and snap beans, among others.

Rovral Green GT, meanwhile, is sold as a flowable fungicide for use in turf, to control brown patch, fusarium patch, dollar spot, leaf spot and pink or gray snow moulds.

Both Rovral and Sportak "are brands well recognized by leading agricultural customers around the world," Milton Steele, president of FMC Agricultural Products Group, said in a release. FMC, he said, will "continue to develop and extend" the two product lines.

Bayer CropScience CEO Sandra Peterson said the divestment of the two brands is "in line with our global strategy to optimize our portfolio and to build a solid foundation for profitable growth."

Sportak and its active ingredient, prochloraz, are not currently registered in Canada.

Related story:

Monsanto to market Rovral on Prairies, May 22, 2008

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