DELEGATE® WG Insecticide Receives Labeling for Citrus Root Weevil
Indianapolis - February 15, 2012
Trusted to provide reliable control of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), citrus leafminer (CLM) and other lepidopteran insects, growers now also can count on DELEGATE® WG insecticide to protect their groves from the citrus root weevil.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently added suppression of Diaprepes abbreviatus, commonly known as the root weevil, to the approved label for DELEGATE.
“Essentially, the addition of root weevil to the label is scientific proof of what growers who use DELEGATE already know: When they apply DELEGATE, they maximize the value an insecticide application provides to a grove,” says Andy Fordice, product manager of DELEGATE for Dow AgroSciences.
The citrus root weevil causes damage when, as a grub, it eats the roots of orange trees and other types of citrus, killing or weakening them. In addition to direct damage, root weevil larvae provide entry points for soil-borne pathogens, particularly Phytophthora. Rescue of trees may not be possible once infested. Young trees have smaller root systems and cannot tolerate the same level of feeding as those of mature trees.
Using DELEGATE® WG insecticide also helps growers hold on to beneficial insect populations and manage resistance. DELEGATE is the only Group 5 insecticide available for insect control in citrus.
With a four-hour re-entry interval and a one-day preharvest interval, DELEGATE, which was reviewed and registered under the EPA’s Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative, controls insects but does not dictate a schedule for managing the grove.
“Bottom line is this: DELEGATE is tough on targeted insects like ACP and CLM, suppresses root weevil, and is friendly to beneficial insects,” Fordice says. “It’s a reduced risk pesticide with an exemplary battle record.”
The active ingredient found in DELEGATE, spinetoram, received the 2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
Visit www.DELEGATEInsecticide.com for more information.
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