Delegate™ receives MRL approval for Japanese-bound potatoes

CALGARY, AB – (October 7, 2014) – Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Delegate™ Insecticide have been established in Japan effective immediately. That means Canadian potato producers who grow product that could be destined for export to Japan can now apply Delegate for control of Colorado potato beetle and European corn borer.

“There has been a five to 10 percent annual growth in imports of frozen potato products in Asia the last several years,” says Mark Alberts, Product Manager for Horticulture with Dow AgroSciences. “Export markets are really important to potato producers so establishing foreign residue tolerances for potatoes is critical to Canadian growers. Now they have the peace of mind they can apply this excellent product without compromising where they can sell their crop.”

Delegate is the newest product from the spinosyn family of chemistry which features a unique mode of action that controls insects two ways – through ingestion and contact – for quick knockdown and residual activity. It is active on insects across multiple growth stages and acts fast. Insects stop feeding within minutes. While it works hard on beetles and boreres, it’s easy on beneficials. It is applied at lower rates than many conventional insecticides, too. Spinetoram, the active ingredient in Delegate, is derived through the fermentation of a naturally occurring organism.

Delegate is an excellent tool for potato growers managing neonicotinoid resistance in seed treatments. Delegate’s unique mode of action affects the insect’s nervous system in a manner different than all other classes of chemistry, providing rapid and consistent results. Delegate is formulated as a wettable granule and is labeled for a maximum of three applications per year.

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