The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a supplemental product label for Intrepid 2F insecticide to include control of beet armyworms in peanuts. The special labeling allows peanut growers to apply Intrepid 2F when the first signs of feeding damage appear or when the pests exceed threshold levels. The supplemental label gives peanut farmers an additional, cost-effective treatment for beet armyworm control.

"Beet armyworms are sporadic pests that feed on peanut foliage and are often difficult to control," says Tom Linnen, Intrepid marketing specialist, Dow AgroSciences. "Intrepid 2F allows growers to target these armyworms without flaring populations of mites or aphids, which are major peanut pests."

Across a multitude of crops, Intrepid 2F has been an effective tool against a broad spectrum of lepidopteran insects, such as beet armyworm, yellowstriped armyworm, saltmarsh caterpillar, soybean looper and fall armyworm. And, unlike many other products, Intrepid 2F insecticide does not disrupt beneficial insects, mites or pollinators -making it ideal for Integrated Pest Management programs.

"Many producers use pyrethroids for late-season insect control, but Intrepid 2F will offer growers a unique residual formulation that provides control for seven to 10 days-or longer," says Mitch Binnarr, sales representative for Dow AgroSciences. "Intrepid 2F offers economical, consistent control of a broad spectrum of worms, including beet armyworms."

In peanut fields, Intrepid 2F should be applied at a minimum rate of 10 gallons per acre by using conventional ground application equipment. Guidelines call for proper equipment calibration to ensure uniform coverage of infested areas. Growers can make up to three applications of Intrepid 2F per calendar year, with a re-treatment interval of seven days.

"Application of Intrepid 2F will give growers peace of mind that comes from having residual control - one of the longest available - of late-season worm pests on treated foliage," Binnarr says. "Intrepid 2F offers excellent efficacy over the entire season, while treating beneficials kindly."