Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Belt Insecticide Now Registered for Pistachios

Growers have new broad-spectrum option for worm control.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. April 26, 2011 – Pistachio growers are well-accustomed to the significant damage that navel orangeworm (NOW), obliquebanded leafroller and other lepidopteran insect pests cause their crops. Fortunately, pistachio growers will have a new control option this season with the introduction of Belt™ insecticide from Bayer CropScience.

“Belt is a highly selective insecticide that targets NOW and other  economically significant worm species,” said product manager Lee Hall. “It features fast action and extended residual control to help preserve yield potential. Almond growers in California already experience the satisfaction and benefits of Belt, and now pistachio growers can add this tool to their management toolbox. ”

Belt is active on most worm pests, including resistant populations and late-stage larvae. Worms stop feeding just minutes after application, he said, and the ensuing residual control can last two weeks or more with minimal risk to beneficial insects and without flaring mites. This makes it an excellent addition to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs, Hall said.

“For this crop, Belt features a mode of action with no known cross-resistance to insecticides from other chemical classes,” Hall said. Belt causes worms to stop feeding immediately. Because it is highly selective to worm pests, Belt is not harmful to parasitoids, syrphid flies, lacewings, predatory bugs, predatory mites, or adult and larval ladybird beetles , Hall noted.

For those with a tendency to achieve, Belt can provide worm control that goes above and beyond. Visit www.BayerCropScience.us for additional product information.


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