26 www.CaliforniaFarmer.com - January 2008
Dow introduces ‘green chemistry’
By FRANK HOLDMEYER
OW AgroSciences recently rolled
D out two new insecticides for the
ag market — Delegate WG and
Radiant SC — that utilize what the com-
■ Two new insecticides are billed as being
more friendly to the environment.
■ The insecticides were developed for
high-value crops across the country.
pany calls “green chemistry.” The back-
bone of both products is a new active ■ “Green chemistry” is showing strong
growth in the ag industry.
ingredient called spinetoram, which
offers a wide margin of safety to beneﬁ-
cial insects and related organisms. potency at the target site and improved
Generally, spinetoram affects the penetration through the leaf cuticle.
insect nervous system. No other class of “These new products are in response
products — organophosphates, carba- to market demands for higher standards
mates, pyrethroids or neonicotinoids — for worker safety and minimal environ-
affects the insect nervous system with mental impact,” says Mike Donnelly,
the same mode of action as spinetoram, coastal crops sales leader. “The green
according to product literature. chemistry market segment has grown
“Spinetoram is a new member of the at a compounded rate of 13% over the
spinosyn class of insect management last ﬁve years. That’s one reason we “Delegate WG maintains popula-
tools developed by Dow,” explains are so excited about our new products, tions of most beneﬁcial insects, in- Radiant SC Insecticide
Lee Conway, marketing specialist. Delegate WG and Radiant SC.” cluding ladybeetles, bees, lacewings
“It is derived from fermentation of and parasitic wasps — without ﬂaring
Saccharopolyspora spinosa, as are other New products mites — through a targeted Integrated
spinosyns; but fermentation is followed Delegate WG is packaged as a 25% water- Pest Management approach,” explains
by chemical modiﬁcation to create the dispersible granule and is labeled for Conway. The product also provides
unique active ingredient in spinetoram. use in a wide range of high-value crops, short re-entry and short preharvest in-
“Spinetoram will provide long-lasting including pome fruit, stone fruit, grapes, tervals, adds Brian Olson, product tech-
control of a broad spectrum of insect citrus, tree nuts and pistachios. It con- nology specialist.
pests in a variety of crops. It is applied trols various insects, including codling Because Delegate WG contains a new
at low rates and has low impact on most moth, Oriental fruit moth, leaf-rollers, mode of action, it provides growers an 1
beneﬁcial insects,” adds Conway. leafminers, thrips, tufted apple bud- option to target the control of codling State registration has been received
The new insecticide is more effective moth, pear psylla, cherry fruit ﬂy, green moth and a broad number of other in-
than spinosad because it is more stable fruitworm, peach twig borer, navel or- sects, says Olson. “Older chemistries RADIANT SC: Registered under
in sunlight and provides longer residual angeworm and more, with suppression for codling moth control have been EPA’s Reduced Risk Pesticide
control, he says. It also boasts improved of apple maggot and plum curculio. showing reduced effectiveness due to Initiative, Radiant has received
resistance development while hurting approval in the states shown above,
populations of beneﬁcial insects,” he including the District of Columbia
explains. and Alaska. Approval is pending in
The Leading Manufacturer of For more information, visit www. Hawaii.
Dozer Blades for delegateinsecticide.com.
Custom Harvesters Radiant SC is packaged as a 1-pound- Delegate WG Insecticide
per-gallon suspension concentrate and
6200 Series DOZER delivers broad-spectrum insect con-
trol in fruiting and leafy vegetables,
HIGHEST LIFTING cole crops and curbits. It provides
NEW t BLADE IN THE INDUSTRY
fast knockdown and control of a wide
uc variety of damaging vegetable pests,
P rod including leafhoppers, armyworms,
thrips, leafminers and diamondback
moth. Radiant SC also features a short
re-entry and preharvest interval, as well
as low use rates and minimal personal State registration has been received
protective equipment. DELEGATE WG: At press time,
Go online to www.radiantinsecticide. Dow AgroSciences had received
com for more information. EPA approval for Delegate in the
Delegate WG and Radiant SC will re- states shown above, including the
place Success and Spintor by December District of Columbia. Approval is
2009 and will be marketed in all 50 pending in Alaska and Hawaii.
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