Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration of Zeal® SC Miticide for soybeans. Zeal is a proven residual miticide to be labeled for use on soybeans, providing growers with a new tool for long-lasting control of spider mites.
Zeal helps prevent the yield-loss potential caused by two-spotted spider mites and other spider mite species that could feed in soybeans. The mode of action of Zeal ensures at least three weeks or more of residual control, enabling growers to target all stages of a mite’s life cycle, from egg to adult. This residual aids in helping to control multiple generations and ultimately in protecting the crop.
"Soybean growers now have a new tool with a long-lasting residual for managing mites and preserving yields," said Katie Tougeron, marketing manager at Valent. "The fast-acting translaminar activity in Zeal is unique among miticides that are currently available to soybean growers."
The translaminar movement of Zeal travels through the soybean leaf to quickly reach mites where they hide and feed. Soybeans are the most recent registration for Zeal, following registration in field corn, cotton and melons. The pursuit of the new registration was sought when Valent noticed an increasing demand for a true miticide for soybeans.
"Zeal is a much-needed solution for soybean growers who are struggling to manage mite populations," said Carlos Granadino, product development manager for Valent. "Mite damage in soybeans is prevalent in drought and dry conditions, which for many soybean geographies, is an annual occurrence."
Zeal is also farm-friendly. The low application rate of Zeal allows aerial applicators to treat more acres with one load. Additionally, the liquid formulation of Zeal helps with ease of mixing.
For more information on Zeal, visit valent.com/zeal or contact your local Valent sales representative.