Source: Dow AgroSciences

Dow AgroSciences recently introduced a new Web site intended to provide visitors with valuable insight into best management practices of fruit and vegetable production. The site, which can be accessed via www.DelegateInsecticide.com and www.RadiantInsecticide.com, offers helpful tips on resistance management. It also illustrates the roles Delegate and Radiant insecticides play in effective spray programs.

The Web site houses detailed guidelines for proper Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs and Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) strategies. Preventing and managing resistance to insecticides is an important stewardship practice that ensures insect control products will remain effective long-term.

"The Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) estimates that insecticide resistance in the United States costs the agriculture industry $40 million a year in additional treatment costs," says Hub Miller, portfolio marketing leader for Dow AgroSciences. "Resistance management is a cause that Dow AgroSciences supports 100 percent. We want to help ensure that our products remain viable for producers."

Delegate and Radiant are two prominent products that help control damaging pests in the fruit and vegetable industries, respectively. The unique Group 5 chemistry of both products supplies producers with an alternative mode of action that is vital to resistance management.

Visitors to the website can obtain in-depth analysis of the pests Delegate and Radiant effectively control, including application rates. Visitors can also view recent performance data, educational tutorials and personal reports from the orchard, grove or field.

"We want to provide producers with as many instructive resources as possible," Miller said. "This Web site will combine with our expert field staff to answer the many questions that crop up on a day-to-day basis."