New insecticide could be very important
Insect pressures are expected to vary this season. However, the lineup of pests on this year’s watch lists is why so many growers are scrambling to get yield loss prevention strategies in place.
For soybeans, Extension entomologists are watching soybean aphids, bean leaf beetles, Japanese beetles and spider mites as key soybean pests. Specific to potatoes, wireworms and Colorado potato beetle are topping their list.
“Early season weather is the driving force behind annual insect pressure,” said David Rummel, MANA brand leader. “The cool wet spring that is causing delayed planting in most areas is not ideal for crops, but a perfect set up for insects.”
With Mother Nature charting the course for anticipated insect pressures, Rummel advises growers to adopt preventive practices to “get ahead” of problems, and to consider new technology as a means to significantly upgrade their pest management protocol.
Skyraider insecticide/miticide, launched earlier this year, is an optimized formulation of proven crop protection technology that includes two different modes of action. This offering hosts an increased ratio of a pyrethroid to support rapid insect knockdown while delivering longer lasting residual — driven by the formulation’s neonicotinoid component. Offering broad-spectrum control against soil and foliar insects, Skyraider is approved for use on soybeans, potatoes, cotton and many other crops.
Pests managed include aphids, spider mites, Lygus, stink bugs and wireworms.
“This latest MANA offering will be a critical tool for growers who want protection from high levels of insect infestation,” said Rummel. “And, with two different modes of action in a single application — it’s a perfect fit in a complete insect management program.”
Also, Skyraider provides both translaminar and systemic movement, which for allows improved penetration and relocation of the active ingredients throughout the plant, including feeding sites on the underside of leaves. “With this kind of systemic activity, Skyraider has a clear cut advantage in controlling foliar insects, including aphids,” Rummel adds. “At recommended rates, it also controls mites which several competitors don’t support as part of their insect control lineup.”
Proven field success
Specific to soybean aphid control, Midwest field trials have delivered high performance ratings for Skyraider in regards to improved efficacy over market leading competitors. In side-by-side field evaluations, Skyraider reduced the average insect count per plant from 189 insects to less than 20 one day after treatment. It was determined that a competitive insectide produced an average reduction of aphids per plant from 186 insects to 51.