Sparta Insecticide and IPM Management

As we head into summer, warmer conditions mean a rapid buildup of insect pests. Farmers wanting the best returns understand how important it is to have an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy to manage damaging pests such as diamondback moth, Cabbage white butterfly, leaf miner Tomato Potato Psyllid and Thrips.

For an effective IPM programme, consideration should be given to all available pest control techniques. By using the appropriate control methods, pest populations can be managed and kept below economic thresholds as well as reducing risks to human health and the environment. Fundamentally, production output is still the primary consideration, therefore an IPM program should always pose the least risk while maximizing benefits and reducing costs.

Be more selective – When choosing an insecticide for an IPM program you need to consider the products selectivity, it must offer high levels of pest control whilst minimalizing the impact on beneficial insects. Highly selective insecticides such as Sparta™ insecticide have revolutionised IPM programmes around the world by offering cost effective, highly targeted control without the risks associated with organophosphates and other more toxic chemicals.

Using a product soft on beneficial insects such as Sparta™ insecticide allows beneficial insects such as ladybirds and lace wings to work hand in hand with the chemistry in a balanced way. The use of non-selective chemistries will disrupt the natural balance allowing secondary insects such as aphids to flare up creating yet another pest issue.

Sparta is derived from a naturally occurring active ingredient that poses minimal risk to people, animals and the environment. Sparta insecticide is a proven performer, having been registered for a number of years in New Zealand and is now a principle insecticide in spray programmes because of its high efficacy and selectivity to beneficial predators such as ladybirds.

Resistance management is another key consideration. Some chemicals are known to have widespread resistance, this means that the level of control that was once expected is no longer achieved because the insect pests have become immune. Sparta belongs to a unique chemical class known as the Spinosyns which have no known insect resistance and are ideally suited in rotation with other IPM compatible insecticides.

Your health and safety should also always be at the forefront. Concerns about handling older more toxic chemistries are justified. Growers, their staff and contractors want products that deliver the highest level of control, minimal impact on beneficial insects and ideally something that is safe to use; Sparta delivers on all three counts.