Growers are talking about the power of Proclaim® insecticide, sharing stories of how Proclaim has helped them control lepidopteran pests – caterpillars or “worms” – in leafy and fruiting vegetables, cole crops, turnip greens and now pome fruits, too. Syngenta is asking for growers’ and PCAs’ views at proclaim.insecticide@syngenta.com .

“Whether it’s because they appreciate having the industry’s most powerful active ingredient for worms while preserving beneficials, or because Proclaim saved their crops from diamondback moth, or armyworms, or some other worm infestation, we appreciate the enthusiasm growers have about the product,” notes Coby Long, Syngenta brand manager. “And with the new label for pome fruit, we’ll be hearing about Proclaim in apples and pears this season.”

Proclaim controls a wide range of the most damaging lepidopteran pests, including tough species such as diamondback moth, beet armyworm, yellow-striped armyworm, tomato pinworm and obliquebanded leafroller. Proclaim also controls budworms/earworms, hornworms, cabbage and soybean loopers, imported cabbageworm, tentiform leafminers and suppresses Liriomyza leafminers.

Long points out that beginning a control program at the start of an infestation allows growers to establish control early and maintain the upper hand. “Applying Proclaim at hatching and to early-instar stages controls worms before they can cause any non-marketable damage to vegetables and fruit,” he explains. “The translaminar movement of Proclaim creates a long-lasting reservoir of active ingredient inside treated leaves while leaving exterior surfaces safe for beneficials. That means it doesn’t flare other pests, which makes Proclaim an outstanding foundation for integrated pest control programs.”

But good product stewardship is always important, so he recommends that after two applications of Proclaim, growers switch to another mode of action before using Proclaim again. For vegetable crops, using at least 10 gallons of water per acre by ground (or 5 gallons per acre by air) and adding a penetrating surfactant help ensure good coverage, adds Long. The results will give growers something to talk about.

Protecting vegetables – and now, pome fruit – from worms starts early. And starting with a reservoir of Proclaim creates a strong foundation for a powerful, IPM-friendly program.

To send Syngenta details on your experience with Proclaim, email Syngenta at proclaim.insecticide@syngenta.com .

For more information, visit the Syngenta Crop Protection Web site: www.syngentacropprotection.com or www.farmassist.com or call the Syngenta Customer Center at 1-866-SYNGENTA (866-796-4368).

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