Vulcan insecticide, developed and manufactured by MANA Crop Protection, has received approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its new chlorpyrifos formulation, labeled for use on corn, soybeans, wheat, pome fruit, tree nuts, grapes, citrus, vegetables and other crops.  

Using MANA Crop Protection proprietary technology, new Vulcan touts an advanced formulation which allows for excellent speed of insect knockdown with high levels of control found in emusifiable concentrate (EC) based chlorpyrifos formulations. Vulcan's low-odor quality improves handling and convenience in comparison to previous chlorpyrifos delivery platforms.

Chlorpyrifos, the active ingredient in Vulcan, is a proven and widely-used pesticide for fast-acting and efficacious control of yield-robbing insects. Specific to use on corn, 2011 studies completed by an independent third party researcher showed that Vulcan had faster-acting performance along with improved efficacy when compared rate to rate to Lorsban® Advanced for adult corn rootworm adult and black cutworm larvae control.

New formulation technology

"Vulcan's new and highly-advanced formulation supports the industry's need in placing less reliance on older emusifiable concentrate (EC) products due to the volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions resulting from their use," says Keith Miller, product manager with MANA Crop Protection. "While various ECs are effective in delivering insect control, use of these products is on the decline due to new and pending pesticide regulations. As one of the first advanced chlorpyrifos products of its kind, Vulcan minimizes environmental concerns by reducing impact on air quality, which is an important characteristic for the agrochemical community as a whole."

Testing and development of new formulation discoveries has become a priority within MANA Crop Protection's research group. "With new formulations like Vulcan performing as well as or in some cases better than competitive EC based formulations, we're determined to answer grower and retailer requests for continued use of highly-effective solutions like chlorpyrifos," Miller says. "Through aggressive research and innovation work, we plan to launch eight new formulations of proven products currently in our portfolio by 2013."

U.S., global importance of chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos is one of the most widely-used agricultural insect control solutions worldwide. First registered in the U.S. in 1965, it has been on the market for more than forty years. Today, chlorpyrifos is registered in about 100 countries worldwide.

One of the most extensively-researched crop protection products on the market, chlorpyrifos has more than 5,000 studies supporting its continued use across the globe. In 2006, the compound underwent a rigorous re-registration process with the EPA that included passing a stringent evaluation for potential human health and environmental impacts.

As the active ingredient in MANA Crop Protection's new Vulcan, chlorpyrifos offers the time-tested ode of action that is an integral part of insecticide resistance management programs, a tool widely-endorsed by leading entomologists and university experts.

"Growers depend on chlorpyrifos for integrated pest management success because of its broad-spectrum effectiveness, flexibility of use under varying delivery systems and relatively short existence in the environment after use," Miller says. "Vulcan is a step in the right direction which gives growers and the agricultural industry exactly what's needed in the most affordable and environmentally-friendly way."