Sorghum growers wrestling with crop-threatening sugarcane aphid infestations have a highly effective, management tool that provides industry-leading residual control.

Sivanto Prime insecticide from Bayer has a full Section 3 federal label and brings the power of butenolide chemistry, the first and only IRAC Group 4D product, to work against sugarcane aphid. Thanks to its unique chemical class and high selectivity, Sivanto provides quick feeding cessation of yield robbing aphids while maintaining beneficial insect populations.

"The key for sorghum growers is to scout closely for this voracious pest and, when needed, apply a highly effective treatment that works consistently," says Frank Rittemann, Sivanto product manager. "Sivanto Prime provides the consistent activity and quick feeding-cessation this situation demands and it also offers an excellent crop and environmental safety profile."

Sivanto Prime, a selective treatment with a broad-spectrum of control against sucking pests, works well in Integrated Resistance Management (IRM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. The selective nature of the treatment helps growers by benefiting from the assistance of beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, to work against pests. As the only IRAC Group 4D chemistry, Sivanto Prime can be rotated with any other treatment that's effective against sugarcane aphid.

"For sustainable pest management, growers must treat when necessary using selective tools and rotating different modes of action or product chemistries. We therefore support regulatory efforts to maximize the number of tools available to growers who are battling sugarcane aphid," Rittemann says. "Growers who use Sivanto Prime help maximize their immediate opportunity to harvest a profitable crop while also acting to benefit long-term sustainability."

Growers targeting sugarcane aphid also can apply the product at a lower rate of 4 oz./A under a Section 2(ee) label in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Growers can apply up to 28 oz/A annually, with a minimum 7-day retreatment interval.