Bayer CropScience launches new insecticide

bayer-sivantoAgricultural biologist Matthias Haas examines the effect of Sivanto on pests attacking young vegetable plants. (Image source: Bayer CropScience)Bayer CropScience has announced that its new insecticide — Sivanto — will be available for the 2015 growing season

According to the company, Sivanto targets key damaging pests at multiple insect life stages and delivers the rapid knockdown of sucking pests while helping safeguard beneficial insects. This helps to prevent damage to plants and help minimise the spread of diseases from insect carriers.

With flexible application timings and compatibility with many beneficial insects and predatory mites, Bayer CropScience said that Sivanto works safely, effectively, and precisely to preserve the overall health of plants and protect growers’ investment in crops.

The discovery of Sivanto was primarily inspired by the natural compound stemofoline, a derivative from the plant Stemona japonica.

Frank Rittemann, Sivanto product manager, said, “Sivanto’s unique profile provides growers with state-of-the-art precision pest control that effectively targets harmful pests while helping safeguard beneficial insects — all with a flexible window of application that allows for use even when other products often cannot be used.”

Sivanto is the first member of a new chemical class of insecticides, the Butenolides (newly created IRAC subgroup 4D), and has shown excellent control of neonicotinoid-resistant aphids and whiteflies in USA field trials.

It is registered on a broad range of horticulture crops and most broadacre crops, including citrus, pome fruit, grapes, bush berries, tree nuts (not almonds), potatoes, vegetables, alfalfa, cotton, sorghum, and several specialty crops (including blueberry and clover from IR-4) which allows for inclusive and flexible crop rotation programs.

Sivanto can be applied as a foliar spray or as a soil drench, shank or drip application, depending on the crop, which allows growers maximum flexibility with crop protection tools.

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