CommoditAg Adds Bioinsecticide Products

“CommoditAg is committed to sourcing products from a variety of suppliers that growers may not have access to like Vestaron’s Spear family of products, and we couldn’t be more excited to now offer the Spear-Lep + Leprotec co-pack,” John Demerly, CEO, CommoditAg said in a news release. ( CommoditAg )

CommoditAg has added Vestaron to its rapidly growing supplier network. The partnership allows CommoditAg to now offer growers revolutionary bioinsecticides for fruits, vegetables and other high-value field crops that includes the Spear-Lep + Leprotec co-pack. 

CommoditAg, founded in 2017, combines the efficiency and convenience of digital technology and e-commerce capabilities with deep-rooted agriculture knowledge to provide farmers with top-notch 
customer experience and the best value. The company offers a broad range of crop protection, lubricants, plant nutrition and animal nutrition products, with delivery or same-day pick-up options available at one of more than 40 local retail fulfillment centers.

“We are thrilled to partner with Vestaron to offer our customers crop protection through peptide-based biopesticides,” John Demerly, CEO, CommoditAg said in a news release. “CommoditAg is committed to sourcing products from a variety of suppliers that growers may not have access to like Vestaron’s Spear family of products, and we couldn’t be more excited to now offer the Spear-Lep + Leprotec co-pack.” 

Vestaron’s Spear family of products is the first peptide-based insecticides and the first bioinsecticides that affect a specific neuromuscular target. The products deliver a new mode of action for crop protection that means no cross-resistance to other active ingredients. Spear products are a novel tool for insecticide resistance management, and because of their biological origins, Spear is lethal to lepidopteran, insect and mite pests, but non-toxic to bees, fish and mammals. 

Spear-Lep targets lepidopteran pests such as loopers, worms and caterpillars. With no known resistance or cross-resistance, Spear-Lep works as a standalone product, or in rotation with conventional insecticides as an excellent resistance management tool for integrated pest management. Leprotec is the ideal partner for use with the Spear-Lep bioinsecticide. Its low doses of Bacillus thuringienesis kurstaki (Btk) disrupts an insect’s mid-gut, opening a passage for the Spear peptide to reach target receptors in the insect’s nervous system. 

“Partnering with CommoditAg will enable growers in the Midwest and Great Lakes to access Spear for their specialty crops and allow for a new sustainable solution that is as effective as traditional synthetic products, but with the features of a biological,” said Ben Cicora, SVP Sales & Marketing, Vestaron. “Spear’s zero-day, pre-harvest interval is a great solution to the year-end applications for high-value fruit and vegetables.” 

The Spear-Lep + Leprotec co-pack includes two 1-gallon bottles of each product. The packaging provides the right combination of two easy-to-mix formulations with equal amounts of Spear-Lep and Leprotec.

To learn more about the product, visit the CommoditAg website.

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