Soybean Protection Expands

The soybean market adds an insecticide and a seed-applied fungicide to its crop protection offerings.

These products include:

  • Hero insecticide from FMC Corp., which recently received an expanded label and now can be used in soybeans to control tough foliar pests that can impede plant health and overall plant quality and yields. Root and tuber crops, including potatoes, also have been added to the label.

    Hero will provide fast knockdown and long-lasting residual control of tough foliar pests. Its unique "state-of-the-art" pyrethroid technology makes it the only insecticide that controls mites, in addition to a variety of other foliar insects. The dual mode of action in Hero means growers can deliver a one-two punch against foliar pests. The flexibility of application makes Hero an integral part of an overall insect resistance-management program in soybeans and other crops.


  • Trilex 2000 seed-applied fungicide from Bayer CropScience, is available for use in soybeans. It is a combination of two proven fungicides — Trilex seed-applied fungicide and Allegiance seed-applied fungicide — for one easy-to-use, low-rate product for broad-spectrum soybean seed and seedling protection against seed-borne fungi and stand-reducing soil-borne fungi such as Rhizoctonia, Fusarium, and Pythium.

    The active ingredients of the two fungicides individually have proven to effectively protect soybeans and other crops such as cotton, corn, rice and peanuts against fungal pests.

    "Trilex 2000 has been engineered to be effective as a single product," explains Louis Holloway, Bayer CropScience product development manager. "But it also gives growers the flexibility to combine Trilex 2000 with other seed treatments, such as Gaucho seed-applied insecticide and Yield Shield biological fungicide."

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