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Insecticide Pre-mixtures and Insect Management (Sep. 21, 2011)

There are a number of insecticide pre-mixed products currently available for management of insect pests on desert vegetable and melon crops. These products offer growers and PCAs the convenience of having two different active ingredients in the same formulated product. Examples of pre-mixtures include Durivo, Vetica and Brigadier. These pre-mix products contain combinations of active ingredients that PCAs have been using for many years (e.g., thiamethoxam, bifenthrin), as well as active ingredients recently registered (e.g., chlorantraniliprole and flubendiamide). In some cases, the pre-mixed products are available at reduced prices relative to tank-mixing two individual products. However, it is important that users consider which active ingredients are included in the "in-can" mixtures, and at what rates these active ingredients are applied relative to the pre-mixed formulation. This is important. First, the rates used for the pre-mixture should be within the recommended rates of the individual active ingredients necessary to control a particular insect(s). This may force PCAs to use high rates of the pre-mixture in order to achieve adequate control of multiple pests. Traditionally, this has been achieved through tank-mixtures of 2 or more products, each at their recommended rates. Secondly, although the active ingredients found in these pre-mixes are of different chemical classes, one or both of these active ingredients may be the same as other products currently being used in the same field. PCAs should be careful not to inadvertently expose insect populations to the same chemical class (mode of action) by making repeated applications with products with the same mode of action. This is how insecticide resistance quickly develops. To avoid this, be aware of the active ingredients in all the products you apply. For example, the pre-mixtures Durivo, Voliam Xpress, Voliam Flexi, and Vetica all contain active ingredients with the same mode of action as Coragen and Synapse. More information on these pre-mixtures, their active ingredients and rate equivalencies can be found in the document: Insecticide Pre-Mixtures for AZ Vegetables and Melons.

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