Source: FMC Corp.

FMC Corp. teamed with more than 30 Crop Production Services agricultural retailers this summer to provide Midwestern corn and soybean growers with an opportunity to learn more about the portfolio of the company's crop protection products.

FMC and Crop Production Services sponsored the 2008 Bin Buster tour, hosting technical meetings where crop producers could enjoy a free meal, learn about FMC products such as Hero insecticide, and register to win a new 15,000 BTU Charmglow gas grill.

Ken Deverman from Greenview, Ill., and Randy Cooper from Hartsville, Ind., were the lucky Grand Prize winners in this year's Bin Buster Tour. Each won a 15,000 BTU Charmglow gas grill for themselves and their local CPS agricultural retailer.

"Partnering with CPS for the 2008 Bin Buster Tour was a great success," said Chip Willingham, Midwest regional business manager for FMC. "The tour stops allowed our local representatives to interact face-to-face with our business partners at CPS and with our mutual customers. These events are an important way of educating both retailers and growers about the rapidly expanding portfolio of products that FMC now offers for corn and soybean growers, such as Hero insecticide. The more crop producers know about our portfolio, the more they will come to rely on them for their crop protection needs."

Crop Production Services reports that demand for FMC corn and soybean insecticides, Hero and Mustang Max, increased dramatically over 2007 levels as a result of the Bin Buster tour.

Hero's pyrethroid technology makes it one of the few insecticides that controls mites, in addition to a variety of other foliar insects. The dual mode of action in Hero means growers can deliver a one-two punch against foliar pests. The flexibility of application makes Hero an integral part of an overall insect resistance-management program in corn, soybeans and other crops.

Hero is approved for use to control a broad spectrum of foliar pests, including soybean aphids, fall armyworm, grasshoppers, thrips, cabbage looper, Japanese beetle (adults), stink bugs and army cutworms, among others. In addition, Hero provides excellent control of mites without flaring them.

"Corn growers who have turned to Hero for fast-acting, long-lasting control of tough foliar insects can now use this proven performer on their soybean acres to achieve the same control of damaging pests," said Adam Prestegord, Hero product manager for FMC. "Hero is the new-generation insecticide to help growers minimize pest pressure and increase overall potential yields."

The 2008 Bin Buster Tour visited more than 30 Crop Production Services locations throughout Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Kansas. More than 400 crop producers attended the events and registered for the grand prize drawing.