World Ag Expo chairman Shelley Khal recognized the 2008 Top 10 New Products at this year’s expo in Tulare, Calif. with special plaques presented during media day.

Assisted by World Ag Expo General Manager Jerry Sinift and Harry Cline, editor of Western Farm Press, a co-sponsor of the Top 10 pavilion, the Top 10 products ranged from robotic soil sampler to a precision wheel lug torque measuring device to software and security chips.

The only agricultural chemical in the Top 10 is a pesticide with an active ingredient discovered in old rum from the Caribbean.

The active ingredient, spinetoram, is a new spinosyn insecticide developed by Dow AgroSciences and sold under the trade names Delegate and Radiant.

Delegate WG is for the tree and vine market and Radiant SC is the same active ingredient for the vegetable market.

They are the only insecticides that provide control of worms, thrips, and leafminers in most major California crops. It was accepted for review under EPA's Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative.

It is a particularly satisfying recognition for Harry Peck, senior sales specialist with Dow AgroSciences. Peck lives in Tulare and has been involved in the farm show for more than 30 years. He is currently a director of WAE.

“To be recognized as an agricultural chemical does not come along very often in the Top 10 competition,” said Peck.

It is a product he markets to his customers that is not only effective on key pests like thrips in citrus and trapes — it is a good lepidopterous pest control material and maintains populations of most beneficials without flaring mites.

“It is a product that is very effective and safe which has a re-entry period of only four hour and a pre-harvest interval of only one day. It is a product I am proud to be associated with in my community,” said Peck.

Information about all the Top 10 New Products is available in the stand-alone tent near Pavilion C.

The show closes at 5 p.m.

A series of Pacific storms last week soaked the valley and that has resulted in fog. Most radio stations were warning of thick fog Monday morning, and it was thick enough from Fresno to Tulare in the early morning hours to seriously impede traffic.

By noon it had burned off and people were busy setting up booths in shirtsleeves and T-shirts.

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare was on hand to welcome the media Monday.

Sinift opened the media event proclaiming that this is the week “the world of agriculture meets the world of business.”

There are 1,700 exhibitors set up in the 2.6 million acre feet of space, 100,000 square feet more than last year.

General admission is $10 per day or a three-day pass for $27.

For the first time in four decades, attendees will be required to register electronically before entering the show grounds. WAE offered advance electronic registration, but that ended Feb. 1. You will have to register at the gate.

You will get a badge with a bar code for use by exhibitors to identify visitors.

This new twist is in response to exhibitors who want to know who is coming to the show. Tulare is the first ag show to register attendees electronically.

The popular park and ride is back.

While parking is free at the show site, attendees are encouraged to utilize the park and ride shuttle service.

You can park at the following locations and take a comfortable Orange Belt bus to the World Ag Expo show grounds to avoid traffic congestion:

- Preferred Outlets of Tulare

- Tulare Transit Center

- Tulare Airport

- Tulare County Fairgrounds

- Visalia Mall

- Mid Valley Cotton Gin

Information booths are located throughout the showgrounds to assist visitors in locating specific exhibitors and interest areas.