Pesticide Buyers' Guide

Published online: May 04, 2018 Insecticide, New Products
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Tiny animal pests have long been the bane of potato growers. They’re out there, you can see them, and they’re always going to be. Thankfully, you have some help.

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This buyers' guide appears in the May 2018 issue of Potato Grower


AMVAC Chemical Corporation

(323) 264-3910

ReTurn XL

AMVAC recently announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Rotam North America to market and sell ReTurn XL insecticide/nematicide. With the active ingredient oxymyl, ReTurn XL provides suppression of nematodes and controls Colorado potato beetle, leafhoppers and other sucking and chewing insects.

It includes two-way foliar and soil systemic activity for above- and below-ground protection, making it an excellent pest management option for potato growers. Below-ground, ReTurn XL provides suppression of Columbia root knot, lesion and stubby root nematode. Above-ground, it provides secondary insect control and is compatible with potato psyllid control programs. It also suppresses purple top and zebra chip diseases and does not cause secondary pest flares.

AMVAC now offers a more comprehensive nematode management plan with Vapam or K-Pam applied in the fall or early spring, followed by ReTurn XL in crop.


Arysta LifeScience

(919) 678-4948


Rimon insecticide targets eggs, larvae and nymphs, preventing them from ever-growing into harmful adults. Rimon is also easy on beneficial insects and is the perfect product for integrated pest management routines.


Acramite Miticide protects potato crops from spider mites of all growth stages. The miticide has no cross-resistance with other commercial miticides and is also easy on beneficial insects and predatory mites.


Bayer CropScience

(866) 992-2937

V+M Solution

V+M Solution is a nematode management program that combines the wide-spectrum nematicidal activity of Velum Prime with the sustained in-season nematode protection of Movento to guard against nematodes. Both Velum Prime and Movento are easy to handle, can be integrated with existing in-season crop management systems and offer the additional benefits of disease and insect management.

Additionally, V+M. Velum Prime nematicide is a solution for nematode and disease management and should be applied early in the potato-growing season via overhead chemigation to help provide higher yields through suppression of nematodes and disease. Velum Prime has been shown to be effective against a wide range of plant-parasitic nematodes with its unique mode of action.

Movento insecticide provides protection from nematodes through convenient in-season applications that improve crop quality and return on investment. When sprayed on the leaf surface, Movento penetrates the leaf cuticle, where it becomes fully mobile within the plant. Movento then moves from the leaves to the roots. After being exposed to Movento, juvenile stage nematodes are no longer able to develop, thereby reducing populations.


BioSafe Systems

(860) 290-8890

BioCeres WP Bioinsecticide

BioCeres WP is an insect-pathogenic bioinsecticide that makes use of the Beauveria bassiana fungus. The OMRI-listed ANT-03 strain is approved for organic production and is perfectly suited in IPM programs, in a tank mix with other pesticides as well as in specific, stand-alone uses. It is a sustainable natural option for controlling adult insects in potato crops.

BioCeres WP is used for the biological control of numerous pests including whiteflies, aphids and thrips. This insect-pathogenic bio-insecticide penetrates the insect’s cuticle, infecting the host and causing death.

Tank mix BioCeres WP with AzaGuard, BioSafe’s 3 percent Azadirachtin-based insecticide, to gain control of early lifecycle stages. AzaGuard acts as an insect growth regulator to prevent molting between larval, pupal and nymphal stages, reducing infestations in potato crops.

FMC Agricultural Solutions

(215) 299-6000

Ethos XB

Growers can now get the broadest spectrum of in-furrow defense against disease and soil insects with Ethos XB insecticide/fungicide. Ethos XB is a first-of-its-kind in-furrow solution that offers the broadest spectrum of seedling defense against soil pests and diseases throughout the critical growth stage when most yield potential is set. Ethos XB’s convenient, integrated protection combined with liquid fertilizer application creates an environment where seedlings emerge more quickly, more uniformly and with the vigor to optimize productivity. 

Ethos XB defends against such insect pests as armyworms, grubs, stalk borer, corn rootworm, root aphid, sugarcane beetle, cutworm species, seedcorn beetle, wireworms, grape colapsis and seedcorn maggot. Disease defense includes Fusarium, Pythium, Rhizoctonia and Phytophthora

Formulated with the patented liquid fertilizer-ready technology from FMC, Ethos XB combines the active ingredient of Capture LFR insecticide with a broad-spectrum biofungicide.

Ethos XB is the first in-furrow solution that creates a complete zone of production around growing seedlings at a critical period when yield potential is most easily impacted. Its biofungicide forms a protective barrier on root surfaces, which builds over time as spores germinate and colonize roots and root hairs.

FMC Portfolio

Beleaf 50 SG insecticide helps control both piercing and sucking insects. Coragen insect control handles immature and adult stages of key Lepidopetran pests, delivering fast and long-lasting control, acting fast to rapidly paralyze insects after application. Exirel insect control offers unique, cross-spectrum activity on a broad spectrum of pests including aphids, psyllids and Colorado potato beetle while also having a low impact on many beneficials. Avaunt insecticide offers fast protection from yield-robbing pests including  European corn borer, cabbage looper and potato tuberworm.

Huma Gro

(800) 961-1220


Huma Gro’s Promax is a broad-spectrum, soil-applied fungicide and nematicide used as a preventive and curative agent. OMRI-listed and EPA-exempt, Promax can be applied at any point in the growing season. It doesn’t keep growers out of the field and is not harmful to roots. Promax has no restricted use, buffer zones, re-entry intervals or residues. It’s compatible with most other inputs, making it an ideal product for tank-mix strategies and rotation programs.

With Promax, growers are working toward the long term and not burning out soil for quick results. When a program is implemented that combines Huma Gro Zap seven to 10 days after the final Promax treatment, a beneficial soil biology is stimulated that will sustain fields for future crops.

Proud 3

Proud 3 is an organic-listed crop protection product. It is a safe, effective, foliar-applied insecticide, miticide and fungicide. The mode of action is as a contact killer. As an insecticide, it works best on soft-bodied insects or juveniles.

Proud 3 directly affects soft-bodied insects and mites and provides excellent control against fungal and bacterial diseases. It activates natural defense mechanisms in plants, offering proven control of some human pathogens found on crops, and provides fungicidal effect against all types of fungal spores. Proud 3’s natural chemistry has no documented cross-resistance, and has a zero-day restricted entry and pre-harvest interval.


Oro Agri

(559) 442-4996


Prev-Am is a three-in-one insecticide, fungicide and miticide. It is a contact pesticide that can be applied throughout the season without danger of resistance buildup and is perfect for controlling pre-harvest insect and disease infestations. With a short REI and PHI, Prev-Am is a versatile alternative to conventional pesticides and is ideal for IPM and sustainable farming practices.

Prev-Am’s desiccating properties result in quick knockdown of insects and mites, typically within two to 24 hours. The water-repellent layer protecting most insects loses its effectiveness when they come in contact with Prev-Am. This allows the active ingredient to penetrate and destroy the soft, living tissues underneath. The insects and mites are then exposed to the loss of body fluids, causing death.

As a fungicide, the Prev-Am spray solution breaks down the protective membranes of the superficial fungal mycelia and spores, allowing the active ingredient to penetrate and destroy the living tissues underneath. This exposes the organism to the drying effect of the atmosphere and also causes collapse within two to 24 hours. Plant tissue damaged by the fungus may also dry out and prevent further spread of infection, but healthy tissue is not affected at the recommended application rate.



(866) 796-4368

Minecto Pro

A broad-spectrum, foliar insecticide, Minecto Pro controls many of the most important potato pests, including Colorado potato beetles and potato psyllids. By harnessing the power of two complementary active ingredients, cyantraniliprole and abamectin, into one convenient pre-mix formulation, Minecto Pro offers exceptional control of these difficult-to-manage pests.


Besiege insecticide, which contains the active ingredients chlorantraniliprole and lambda-cyhalothrin, is a broad-spectrum foliar insecticide providing fast knockdown and long-lasting residual control of a wide range of pests in potatoes, including armyworms, Colorado potato beetle and potato psyllid.

**Besiege and Minecto Pro are restricted-use pesticides. Besiege and Minecto Pro are highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment on blooming crops and weeds. Do not apply these products or allow them to drift onto blooming plants while bees are foraging adjacent to the treatment area.