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Posted 16 May 2010. PMN Crop News.

New Registrations of Belay Insecticide Expand Application Options

Third-generation neonicotinoid now available in greater variety of crops

Source: Valent U.S.A. Press Release.

Walnut Creek, California (April 21, 2010)--Valent U.S.A. Corporation has received additional EPA registrations for Belay® Insecticide in a growing list of fruit, vegetable and nut crops.


New registrations for Belay include use in pecans and other tree nuts, cranberries, peaches, and a number of vegetables, such as brassica, tuberous, corm, cucurbit, fruiting and leafy vegetable crops. California, New York and Florida registrations for these crops are pending.

First introduced for use in potatoes, Belay provides long-lasting, fast-acting control of a broad spectrum of challenging pests. Valent also recently announced registrations for new foliar uses of Belay in cotton and soybeans for the 2010 season.

Belay is a third-generation neonicotinoid containing clothianidin, which has the lowest water solubility and tends to provide broader spectrum, longer-lasting control than others in its class. Belay is readily translocated throughout the plant for optimum insect control.

Proven results for new crops

The new crop registrations bring the benefits of Belay to a host of new growers battling a variety of challenging and yield-robbing pests.

According to Carlos Granadino, Valent product development manager, "Belay provides excellent control of pepper weevil, a major pest of peppers in the southeast that causes significant reductions in yield and fruit quality. Growers can never have enough tools available for this pest during the long harvest season. Belay is also highly active on other key pests of vegetables including aphids, thrips, including melon thrips, stink bugs, cucumber beetles, squash bugs and harlequin bugs."

Jeffrey Smith, Valent field market development specialist, said the expanding label for Belay provides widespread benefits in pecans in particular.

“Belay controls the most important pest complex in pecans, making it a nice fit for growers in many states,” Smith said. “Belay is a softer chemistry that stops a wide range of pests in pecans including black and yellow aphids, pecan nut casebearer, pecan weevil and hickory shuckworm, with less concern of flaring other pests such as mites.”

In addition to pecans, John Cranmer, Valent field market development specialist, said Belay is an excellent fit for sweet potato growers facing tough pests, such as the exotic white grub.

“Valent has a new label plus a 2(ee) exemption in place for Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia,” Cranmer said. “Belay at 12 fl oz/A, applied preplant incorporated prior to transplanting the sweet potato slips, controls exotic white grub and suppresses wireworm. Field trials have also shown that Belay controls a broad spectrum of insect pests that are significant problems in sweet potato production. Belay is a new insecticide that is needed by the sweet potato farmers.”

Growers familiar with Clutch® Insecticide in pome fruit and grapes should be aware that those uses transitioned to Belay for the 2010 season in all states other than California.

Elsa Zisook