EPA registers low-use-rate insecticide from FMC

FMC logoThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently registered Vantacor insect control from FMC Corp. for use on an array of crops including soybeans, corn, cotton, peanuts, potatoes, sweet corn, sugarcane and onions. Vantacor is a highly concentrated formulation of Rynaxypyr branded active, which offers long residual control of Lepidopteran pests. The actual active ingredient is chlorantraniliprole, an Insect Resistance Action Committee Group 28.

Vantacor offers the same pest spectrum and activity as Prevathon insecticide 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 also 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, tankmix 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,” FMC insecticides product manager John McCool said in the release. “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.”

The list of Lepidopteran pests controlled by the insecticide 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.