The U.S. EPA recently granted FMC Corp. registration for Vantacor insect control powered by Rynaxypyr active in a range of crops including soybeans, corn, cotton, peanuts, potatoes, sweet corn, sugarcane and onions. Vantacor insect control is a highly concentrated formulation of Rynaxypyr active, the industry standard for long residual control of Lepidopteran pests.
Vantacor insect control offers the same pest spectrum and activity as Prevathon insect control powered by Rynaxypyr active but with a much lower use rate, typically 0.7-2.0 fluid ounces per acre compared to 14-20 fluid ounces per acre. It offers extended residual control of key worm species, reducing the need for multiple applications per season.
“All the things growers know and love about Prevathon insect control – extended control of Lepidopterans, tank-mix flexibility, no flaring of mites or aphids and preservation of many important beneficial insects – are also conveyed by Vantacor insect control. In addition, the new formulation offers improved mixing, low use rates and less packaging,” says John McCool, FMC insecticides product manager. “Growers will spend less time handling and hauling jugs, shuttles and pumps to and from fields. Overall, it enhances growers’ productivity whether it’s in the form of time or fuel savings.”
Vantacor insect control also has an expanded crop label compared to Prevathon insect control with the addition of sweet corn, onion and potato crops.
The list of Lepidopteran pests controlled by Vantacor insect control is extensive and includes: European corn borer, corn earworm, cotton bollworm, tobacco budworm, soybean looper, lesser cornstalk borer, Colorado potato beetles, beet armyworm, fall armyworm, western yellowstriped armyworm, western bean cutworm and more.
FMC is committed to delivering products that maintain a safe and secure food supply, and do so with minimal impact on the planet. The company has pledged to invest 100% of its research and development spend on sustainably advantaged products by 2025. “Vantacor insect control is an example of FMC using its formulation expertise to shrink our environmental footprint while still delivering reliable insect control,” says McCool. “That’s a win for the grower, the environment and FMC.”